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Small fire at flashpoint Jerusalem holy site

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

A small fire broke out at a guard's booth in the courtyard at the flashpoint mosque compound in but was extinguished and the site remains open, authorities said Tuesday.

The blaze broke out on Monday evening around the same time as Paris's burned.

The fire was "quickly extinguished", said, adding the cause was being investigated.

The religious organisation which oversees the site said the fire burned a guard's room above what is known as the Marwani prayer room.

It said the fire was caused by youths playing with fire, without providing further details.

The compound is holy to both Muslims and Jews, who refer to it as the

It is considered the third-holiest site in and the holiest in Judaism.

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First Published: Tue, April 16 2019. 16:40 IST