UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (VOP TODAY NEWS) — Israeli police on Thursday arrested five Palestinians inside al-Aqsa mosque grounds, including a guard and a mosque guard commander.
Firas al-Dibs, head of the media department of the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem, said in a written statement sent to Anatolia that the Israeli police arrested the guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Badr al-Rajabi, while he was working in the mosque of Bab al-Rahma.
Al-Dibs added that the police arrested the two worshipers Medleen Issa and Shifa Abu Ghalia, and the worshiper Habib Abu Shousha from entering the chapel of Bab al-Rahma.
Issa was arrested while she was with three relatives.
The Israeli police did not explain the reasons for the arrest of Palestinians, but officials in the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem say that the Israeli police are trying to restrict the movement of worshipers in the chapel of Bab al-Rahma.
Arrests often end with the extradition of Palestinians from al-Aqsa Mosque, ranging from several days to several weeks.
The arrests take place during the facilitation of the Israeli police by Israeli settlers storming Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Dibs pointed out that the Israeli police summoned the head of the evening unit of the mosque’s guards, Ashraf Abu Ermila, for investigation and then ordered his arrest.
He said an Israeli court had extended Abu Ermila’s detention until Sunday, without explaining the reasons.
He also pointed to the extension of the detention of another guard at Al-Aqsa Mosque until Sunday, Amer Salfiti.
In recent months, the Islamic Waqf Department in Jerusalem condemned the escalation of Israeli police summons to Al-Aqsa Mosque guards, employees and worshipers at the mosque, and handed them decisions to deport the mosque for various periods.
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