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Israel bans 5 Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa

Sept. 23, 2018 2:02 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 24, 2018 10:36 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities banned several Jerusalemites on Sunday from the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, for one week under the pretext of upcoming Jewish holidays.

Local sources told Ma'an that Israeli authorities delivered summon notices to a group of Jerusalemites to come in for interrogation to the Israeli police station in the Old City.

Sources added that following the interrogation, Israeli authorities decided to ban the Jerusalemites from entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque until their second interrogation next Sunday.

A Ma'an reporter identified the banned Jerusalemites as Raed Zughair, Mahdi al-Abasi, Muhammad al-Dabagh, Jihad Qaws, and Rami Fakhouri.

Israeli authorities threatened to ban the five Jerusalemites from the Al-Aqsa Mosque for six consecutive months.

Israeli settlers are expected to storm the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in large numbers in the upcoming days due to the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, also known as Feast of Tabernacles, to perform religious Jewish prayers, as well as visit the Western Wall.

In addition, on Sunday morning, dozens of Israeli settlers stormed the compound under the protection of Israeli forces through the Moroccan Gate and performed religious rituals.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque. 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.

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