Abandoned Baby Found in Jerusalem's Dome of the Rock

The baby appeared to be in good health when police arrived upon the scene, and he has been put in the care of social services.

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A few-weeks-old baby was found abandoned in the Dome of the Rock on Monday, a Muslim mosque located on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The baby appeared to be in good health when police arrived upon the scene, and he has been put in the care of social services. Police have begun an investigation into the identity and whereabouts of the baby's parents.

The Dome of the Rock is seen on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's Old City September 17, 2010.Credit: Reuters

The Dome of the Rock is a politically contentious and religiously significant holy site in Jerusalem. In Islam the "Foundation Stone", located inside the mosque, is believed to be the point from which Mohammed ascended to heaven.

According to Jewish tradition, the mosque is built upon the ruins of the Holy of Holies, the most sacred spot in the Temple, destroyed in 70 CE.

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