Israel Bans 7 Jerusalemites from Entering Al-Aqsa Mosque (VIDEO)

Israeli forces storm the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. (Photo: via Social Media)

Seven Jerusalemite men were yesterday banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for four days, Wadi Hilweh Information Centre reported. The ban comes as a condition of their release after they were arrested over the weekend.

Occupation forces raided houses in Jerusalem on Sunday morning and arrested the seven young men, including Khalil Al-Tarhouni, an Al-Aqsa guard.

According to Wadi Hilweh Information Centre, Mohamed Sharifa, Ahmed Abul-Hawa, Ayoub Abul-Hawa, Mohamed Miswada, Imad Abu Asnaina, and Mohamed Al-Shawish were also arrested.

These arrests are another measure of increased Israeli aggression in Jerusalem, with settlers storming Al-Aqsa under the protection of Israeli police and repeated bans for Palestinians.

Late last month Israeli occupation forces raided the house of Hanadi Al-Halawani and arrested her. Al-Halawani, a teacher at Al-Aqsa Mosque schools, is an activist who had been going to the Muslim holy site to serve the iftar, breakfast meal, to those who are fasting during Ramadan.

For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world’s third-holiest site after Mecca and Medina. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the “Temple Mount”, claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.

Israel has illegally occupied East Jerusalem, where Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, since the 1967 war. In 1980, the Jewish state annexed the entire city, claiming it as its “eternal and undivided” capital, a move never recognized by the international community.

In December 2017, US President Donald Trump unilaterally declared Jerusalem Israel’s undivided capital and in May 2018 moved the US embassy to the Holy City.

(Middle East Monitor, PC, Social Media)

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