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Jerusalem dig completes tunnel under old city wall

Controversial tunnel extends 600 meters

Israeli archaeologists have finished work on a tunnel which starts at a site near the flashpoint al-Aqsa mosque compound inside the walls of annexed east Jerusalem's Old City, officials said Tuesday.

The controversial 600-meter (-yard) tunnel, originally built as a drainage channel during the Second Temple period, starts at an archaeological site just south of the mosque compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam.

"After works which lasted seven years, the last part of the tunnel, which is 600 meters long and was used for draining rainwater during the Second Temple period, has been cleared," an Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) spokesman said.