Jordan closes gravesite where Jewish pilgrims prayed
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Jordan closes gravesite where Jewish pilgrims prayed

Country's religion minister, Abed al Nasr abu Bassel, orders the shutting of site 'Aharon the Cohen' grave

A Picture taken from the Israeli side of the border fence in Naharayim also known by Jordanians as Baqura on October 22, 2018,  . Photo by: Ayal Margolin-JINIPIX
A Picture taken from the Israeli side of the border fence in Naharayim also known by Jordanians as Baqura on October 22, 2018, . Photo by: Ayal Margolin-JINIPIX

Jordan’s religion minister, Abed al Nasr abu Bassel, ordered a gravesite holy to Jews closed following prayers there.

The closure Friday of the presumed gravesite of Aharon the Cohen, a biblical figure who according to the Torah had acted as an aide and spokesperson to Moses, followed a mass prayer there earlier this week by 500 pilgrims from Israel at the gravesite, located about 100 miles north of Eilat.

A statement by the ministry called the pilgrimage “illegal” and stated that the Jordanians responsible for allowing pilgrims access to the site will be “held accountable,” Ynet reported Friday.

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