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Israel bans 5 Palestinians, including woman, from Al-Aqsa

Sept. 26, 2018 4:27 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 27, 2018 10:59 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities banned five Palestinians, including a woman, on Wednesday, from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in occupied East Jerusalem, for periods ranging from two to six months.

Locals told Ma'an that the Israeli authorities summoned Aida Sidawi, a resident of the Old City of Jerusalem, for interrogation and banned her entry to Al-Aqsa for two consecutive weeks.

The Israeli authorities also banned Imad Abdin, who is a firefighter at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, from the compound for 10 days; Abdin was also prevented from completing renovations in the area.

Israeli forces also banned Yacoub al-Dabaa, 17, and Murad al-Ashhab from entering the compound for the next three months, while Rawhi al-Kalaasi was banned for six months.

The Israeli authorities carried out a campaign banning at least 30 Palestinians entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Old City of Jerusalem under the pretext of "providing security" while Israeli settlers take to the mosque and celebrate Jewish holidays.

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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