Jordan's king assails al-Aksa excavation

February 6, 2007 18:12

Jordan's King Abdullah II condemned an archaeological dig that began Tuesday near the Temple Mount, warning of potential "negative" consequences for the peace process. Israel says the project is needed to replace a centuries-old earthen ramp that partially collapsed in a snowstorm three years ago. Its assurances that the work would cause no harm to Islam's holy sites did little to soothe tensions. Abdullah called the Israeli dig "a threat to the foundations of the al-Aksa mosque," according to a statement from the royal palace.

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