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S Arabia denies report of demolishing Prophet's birthplace

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New Delhi, Feb 24 (UNI) Saudi Arabia has denied reoports that it intends to ''demolish the birth place of Prophet Mohammed'' in Mecca and build a residential and commercial complex in its place.

''It is not correct to belive that the present building is the birth place of Prophet Mohammed, as it is a new structure constructed only 56 years ago. It is not considered an ancient building. The building is not the house of the Prophet though a part of it encompasses the site of the original house,'' a Saudi Embassay release said.

Muslims lodged a protest at the Embassay when a foreign news agency report stated that the authorities planned to demolish the Prophet's house.

''Since the building needs to be renovated, the authorities are contemplating to recosntruct it in a way that befits the honour of the place and its proximity to the holy mosque and Al-Haram Library,'' the release added.

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