A large boulder from the Western Wall was dislodged from the ancient structure on Monday morning, tumbling down onto an egalitarian prayer platform, which was empty at the time.
Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovich called it a most unusual event that had not happened in decades.
"The assembled officials agreed that the large stone that fell will be removed from the platform where it fell and put under protection the authority can determine if it is possible to reinsert it", the message says.
Barkat said, "a Great miracle happened today, when a stone, weighing 100 pounds, fell near the praying woman, but no one was hurt".
"The Israel Antiquities Authority is aware of the sensitivity required in handling this case and will work in cooperation with all the relevant bodies". "A professional that looks at the hole that was made when the stone fell can see that the colour is grey and that means it was damp", he said.
A security camera captured the rare occurrence at the site revered by Jews as a remnant of the compound of the Second Temple destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. One woman is seen praying at the wall several feet from where the stone fell in video footage of the area.
"It is a long process of dampness in a crack that we can not tell what caused it".
"I wish that everybody could have a builder who would construct such buildings that a stone falls only after 2,000 years", he said.
While the egalitarian section has been closed since the incident, he believes visitors should stand a few feet back from the wall in all of its sections, for safety reasons.
The breakage comes just a day after the Western Wall plaza was filled with worshippers marking Tisha B'Av-a day of fasting and mourning the destruction of the two holy Jewish temples at the site.
Some of the stones in the wall are a fine-grained limestone which erodes rapidly in water, said Dr. Simon Emmanuel, who conducted the study with doctoral student Yael Levenson from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
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