King Abdullah Orders Expansion of Medina Mosque, SPA Reports

Saudi King Abdullah has ordered the expansion of the Prophet’s Mosque in Medina, the official Saudi Press Agency reported, citing Finance Minister Ibrahim Al-Assaf.

The mosque will be expanded in three phases, the minister said today in a statement to SPA. Medina, in western Saudi Arabia, is the second-holiest city in Islam after Mecca and the resting place of the Prophet Mohammed.

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