AMMAN, Jordan — For the first time in almost 100 years, Jordan is resuming the export of consecrated water from the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been baptized, officials said Tuesday.

The export of sacred water from the Jordan River came to a halt with the defeat of the Ottoman Turks, who controlled Jordan and other Middle East countries before the outbreak of World War I.

For much of the past century, the area on the eastern side of the river has been a military zone.

“Jordanian firms have been qualified for the bottling and packing of consecrated water from the baptism site,” said Dia Madani, chairman of the Baptism Site Board.


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