Jordanian Delegation Arrives in Jerusalem Ahead of Temple Mount Camera Installation

Jordanian minister says control room will be installed in Amman, reiterates no cameras will be placed inside mosques.

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People walk near the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and to Jews as Temple Mount in Jerusalem's Old City, October 26, 2015.Credit: Reuters

A delegation from Jordan's Religious Affairs Ministry and the Waqf arrived in Jerusalem on Thursday ahead of the planned installation of cameras on the Temple Mount.

Jordanian Religious Affairs Minister Ha'el Daoud said the delegation, which includes technicians and other professionals, is preparing a plan to determine where the cameras will be installed. He stressed that no cameras will be placed inside the mosques themselves.

According to Daoud, the control room of the Waqf-installed cameras will be based out of Amman, but the recordings will be broadcast on the internet around the clock. He added that the operation, intended primarily to protect the Al-Aqsa mosque, will solely be his ministry's responsibility.

Daoud's comments echo similar remarks from Jordan's King Abdullah last week, who said that two mosques will be exempt from monitoring by security cameras. Abdullah and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to install cameras on the Temple Mount in late October, in a bid to calm tensions revolving around the flashpoint holy site.