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Two of world's oldest mosques discovered in Israel’s Negev desert

The Israel Antiquities Authority discovered ruins of ancient mosques and rural properties dating back about 1,200 years, which sheds light on the area’s transition from Christianity to Islam during that era.
Muslim Palestinian workers of Israel's Antiquities Authority pray amid the remains of a recently discovered ancient mosque.

In June, the Israel Antiquities Authority unearthed an ancient mosque dating back 1,200 years in the Bedouin city of Rahat in the Negev desert in southern Israel.

Back in 2019, the authority uncovered another mosque dating back to the seventh and eighth centuries AD.

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