Israeli police arrest a guard of Al-Aqsa Mosque

File Al Jazeera

UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — On Sunday morning, Israeli police arrested a guard of Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after he left the mosque.

The Islamic Waqf Department said in a brief statement that Israeli police forces arrested al-Aqsa Mosque guard Hamza al-Nabali after he left the “door of the council” (one of the gates of al-Aqsa) and took him to an Israeli detention center in Jerusalem for interrogation.

In its statement, the department did not mention the reason for the arrest, but police are hunting down any guard who opens the Bab al-Rahma chapel.

On Sunday morning, the Israeli Magistrate’s Court in Jerusalem extended the closure of the chapel “Bab al-Rahma” for 60 days, according to the website reported “Yediot Ahronot”.

In a related context, the correspondent of Anatolia, a mosque guards, that 67 Jewish settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque during the first round of incursions, which lasted three and a half hours “morning.”

The source explained that the incursions were protected by the Israeli police and its armed forces, which accompanied the Jews from the “door of the Moroccans” (the door from which the Jews enter) and even the “door of the chain” (the door they leave it).

The source expected that the number will rise during Sunday because Israeli police allowed the settlers a second round after completing the noon prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, where their tour lasts for one hour.

Since mid-February, Jerusalem has been experiencing a state of tension following the Israeli authorities’ insistence on closing the Bab al-Rahma chapel.

In 2003, the Israeli police closed Bab al-Rahma at the height of the Palestinian intifada and renewed its extension every year. The Magistrate’s Court approved the procedure in 2017.

After tensions and clashes, in February, the Jerusalemites managed to reopen it (Bab al-Rahma).

The chapel is a large hall inside the walls of Al-Aqsa, near “Bab al-Rahma”, 250 square meters, and 15 meters high, followed by rooms that used a school.

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