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Israelis praying at Petra shrine sparks outrage in Jordan

Jordanians expressed anger toward the government after pictures and videos began circulating showing Israeli tourists praying at a Muslim shrine in Petra, forcing the government to close the site.

The Jordanian government on Aug. 1 closed a shrine dedicated to the prophet Aaron near the ancient Nabataean city of Petra. The move followed a burst of public outrage sparked by videos and photos circulating on the internet showing a group of Jewish tourists praying at the site. 

Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Minister Abdul Nasser Abul Bassal ordered the tomb of Aaron closed, barring access to it without official permission. His ministry announced that it would be launching an investigation into the incident.

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