Zionist Regime Bans 5 Palestinians Entering Aqsa Mosque

Mon Aug 10, 2015 18:55:55

Israeli authorities have put in place a ban that would prevent five Palestinians from entering the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds (Jerusalem) for up to 90 days, Al-Alam News Network reports.

Abdul Rahman Saleh Bukirat, 45, said Israeli officials notified him on Monday that he was banned from entering the sacred site for three months on charges of "incitement" after shouting "Allahu Akbar" in Arabic (God is the Greatest) in the compound.

The other four people are Abdul-Kareem Haddad, Obada Najeeb, Muhammad Najeeb and Mahmoud Najeeb, who are all banned from the holy mosque for 20 days.

The four men were assaulted by Israeli forces during their detention at the al-Qishla police station, Amjad Abu Asab, head of the Committee for Prisoners’ Families, said.

The report comes as a Palestinian NGO says over 1,000 Israeli settlers and officers forced their way into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound last month.

Head of Wadi Hilweh Information Center, Jawad Siyam, said on August 3 that 1,130 Israelis stormed the sacred site during the month of July.

Hilweh said about "930 Jewish settlers and 200 Israeli" officers forced their way into the mosque compound in July.

He added that in the same month Israeli authorities issued bans for 28 Palestinians, including six women, barring them from entering the holy site for time periods ranging from 15 to 180 days.

The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound is a flashpoint Islamic site, and also holy to the Jews. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.

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