Israeli forces detain 3 Palestinians trying to enter Al-Aqsa

Israeli police detained two Palestinian women and one man when they tried to enter the Al-Aqsa mosque on Sunday, a witness said.

An eyewitness told Ma'an that Israeli police inspected the IDs of two Palestinian woman named Hanadi al-Halawani and Zeina Amro when they tried to enter al-Aqsa mosque. 

Al-Halawani and Amro were subsequently taken to al-Qashla police station in the old city of Jerusalem. 

Both women are teachers and regularly give lessons to students at al-Aqsa mosque. 

Israeli police also detained Alaa Abu al-Haijaa. He was briefly detained at al-Asbat Gate and then taken to al-Qashla police station for investigation. 

Meanwhile, more than 17 Jewish extremists entered al-Aqsa mosque from the Moroccan Gate, including the American-born Zionist leader Yehuda Glick. The group toured Al-Aqsa compound starting from the Moroccan Gate and crossing down to al-Silsila Gate. 

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told Ma'an that three Palestinians were questioned regarding an incident that had taken place in the compound earlier in the day.

They were released shortly afterward, he said.

He said that there were also "normal visits" by Jewish groups to the compound.

Because of the sensitive nature of the Al-Aqsa mosque, Israel maintains a compromise with the Islamic trust that controls the compound to restrict the area for Muslim prayers. Israeli forces, however, regularly escort Jewish visitors to the site, leading to tension with Palestinian worshipers.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

According to mainstream Jewish religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the "Holy of Holies," or the inner sanctum of the Second Temple.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

Source: Ma'an News

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