Muslim Official Barred from Entering Holy Place

The Israeli police barred the director of Amarat al-Aqsa Institute, Hikmat Naamneh, from entering al-Aqsa Mosque, the Muslim holy place in Jerusalem, without specifying a time limit, a statement by the institute said Thursday.

It said Naamneh has entered one of the gates to al-Aqsa Mosque to attend the evening prayer when police called him and informed him that he was barred from being inside the compound. No reason was given for this decision.

Muslims normally attend prayers in large numbers in al-Aqsa during the holy fast month of Ramadan.

The police told Naamneh that he will be immediately arrested if seen inside the Mosque area.

Naamneh was barred in April 2012 for one month from entering al-Aqsa Mosque.

Source: WAFA

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