Temple Mount bridge to be torn down, replaced

By JPOST.COM STAFF
October 25, 2011 14:46

 
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The Jerusalem municipality ordered the Western Wall Heritage Foundation on Tuesday to destroy the Mughrabi Gate bridge, which connects the Western Wall plaza to the Al-Aksa Mosque and Temple Mount, saying its structure is dangerous.

According to the municipality, the wooden bridge is hazardous because it is highly flammable, and should be torn down within a month, to be replaced with a permanent, non-flammable bridge.

After the bridge collapsed seven years ago, strong international objections impeded restorations work. Construction in 2007 led to protest marches and local calls for a third intifada.

Some political groups worry that the renewed construction activity will stoke the flames of the conflict and lead to violence.

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