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Webcams Broadcast Israeli Dig

Reuters News Wire (
Fri, 16 Feb 2007 00:01:53 -0600

Israel has installed Internet cameras near an archaeological
excavation close to a Jerusalem shrine that had sparked Muslim
protests, in a bid to show the work does not harm the holy site,
officials said on Thursday.

Streaming video of several angles of the dig site were seen on
Israel's Antiquities Authority's Web site

All are invited to view the work anytime.

"The Antiquities Authority invites the public in the country and in
the world to monitor the excavations up close and to see what is being
done on the ground at any given time," the group's spokeswoman, Osnat
Goaz, said in a statement.

The dig is meant to clear the way for the construction of a walkway to
the complex known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif and to Jews as
Temple Mount. Officials say the archaeological work is likely to take
at least eight months to complete.

The excavations near the compound began last week and touched off
protests and stone-throwing by Palestinians and raised Muslim fears
al-Aqsa mosque at the compound would be harmed.

Israel denies any harm would come to the mosque or the Dome of the
Rock that stand on the site of two destroyed biblical Jewish Temples.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said during a visit to Ankara on
Thursday that he had invited Turkish authorities to visit the
dig. Goaz said the excavations are taking place Sunday to Thursday,
from 0430 to 1230 GMT. Tune in during those hours, or anytime desired.

Copyright 2007 Reuters Limited.

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