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Some 14 parcels of land adjacent to the masjid (prayer room for Muslims) on Middle East Technical University (ODTÜ) were rezoned, Turkey’s Union of Chambers of Turkish Engineers and Architects Chambers (TMMOB) said, asking the university rectorship whether the parcels were allocated for a mosque construction.

TMMOB Ankara said that have heard reports of a plan for a mosque construction next to the masjid.

“We were wondering whether the masjid area would be expanded, and we heard that such a plan was already in place. The ODTÜ administration must make a statement about this,” TMMOB Ankara Chairman Tezcan Karakuş Candan said.

The chamber filed an official petition to the ODTÜ rectorhsip inquiring if any construction was planned for the zoned area.

“We will stand by the ODTÜ tradition and not allow the university at the heart of Ankara to be destroyed for unearned profit,” Candan said.

The ODTÜ campus was the site of a mass tree cutting operation in June 2019, where students and faculty’s protest managed to stop the deforestation.