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Shi'ite Muslims Consider Ancient Tomb in Israel a Sacred Site

About 50 Shi'ite Muslim pilgrims settle down to chant and prostrate themselves in worship near an ancient tomb. Not an unusual scene in the Middle East, but this shrine is located on the grounds of an Israeli hospital known mainly for treating the casualties of conflict in the nearby Gaza Strip. The Barzilai Medical Center in the coastal town of Ashkelon is home to a tomb where, in the view of some Shi'ite Muslims, the head of Hussein ibn Ali, grandson of the Prophet Muhammed,...

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