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Israeli forces detain Palestinian women, issue bans from Aqsa

April 8, 2016 8:33 P.M. (Updated: April 9, 2016 11:57 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained two Palestinian women from Jerusalem Thursday evening bringing the total of women detained on Thursday to seven.

Israeli forces detained Ikram and Samah al-Ghazzawi after raiding their homes in the al-Thawri neighborhood of Silwan.

The Israeli authorities had also detained Dalal al-Hashlamun, Ayda al-Sidawi, and Sanaa al-Rajabi earlier Thursday.

Al-Hashlamun and al-Sidawi were released several hours later on the condition of appearing Sunday for interrogation.

Al-Rajabi was released after being banned from entering Al-Aqsa mosque for three months.

Ikram and Samah al-Ghazzawi, al-Hashlamun, and al-Sidawi have been banned from entering Al-Aqsa for several months and their names were included in a “black list” by Israeli forces.

Israeli forces had also detained Rawiya al-Qawasmi as she was leaving Al-Aqsa on Wednesday and banning her from entering the holy site for 15 days.

Nada Siyam was also detained briefly and was later released without conditions.

Israeli police on Friday briefly detained a leading sheikh at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied East Jerusalem for alleged "incitement" after he addressed some 70,000 worshippers at the holy site.

Tensions surrounding the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound were heightened last summer and served as one of the key triggers for a wave of violence that swept the occupied Palestinian territory and Israel in October.

According to prisoner’s rights group Addameer, of the 7,000 Palestinian prisoners held by Israel as of February, 60 were female.
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