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Jerusalem tunnel excavation sparks political fears

The completion of a 2,000-year-old tunnel excavation in Jerusalem is sparking fears of violence.

Some Palestinians believe the project is an attempt to damage the Al Aksa Mosque; previous archeological projects in the area have led to rioting by Palestinians.

Uzi Dahari, the Israel Antiquities Authority ‘s deputy director, told Israel Radio on Tuesday that there was “no intention of igniting interreligious tensions.”

Travelers making pilgrimages to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago used the road in the tunnel, according to the authority. It was discovered during excavations on a water channel used for drainage during the Second Temple period.

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Story: JTA | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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