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But Jerusalem’s conquest by non-Muslim rulers, whether Christian Crusaders at the beginning of the second millennium or Jews at the end of that millennium, catapulted Jerusalem from a religious symbol of secondary importance to a religious-national symbol of the first order.(2)The extent to which Islam at its inception did not accord importance to Jerusalem can be proved by the fact that Jerusalem was one of the last cities to be conquered at the time of the invasion of Syria, after the death of Muhammad, and that its conquest is associated with the name of a junior commander and not – as later legends claim – with the name of the revered Caliph Omar himself.
Furthermore, the city did not even become the capital of the new province of Palestine.
Carry copies of a recent passport photo with you in case you need a replacement passport while overseas. The local currency is the Central African Franc (CFCA). Travellers cheques and credit cards are accepted at major hotels in Yaoundé.
US dollars and Euros are widely accepted at hotels and exchangeable for local currency. Travellers' cheques will only be cashed if accompanied by the original purchase receipt. Check ATM locations with your bank before you travel. Terrorists are active in the Far North region of Cameroon, including Lake Chad, and in the area within 40 kilometres of the border with Nigeria's Adamawa state.
The security situation in northern Cameroon is directly affected by the violent conflict in northern Nigeria.