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Israel bans Jerusalemites entry as settlers storm Al-Aqsa

Nov. 15, 2018 1:17 P.M. (Updated: Nov. 18, 2018 12:10 P.M.)
JERSAULEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities banned six Jerusalemites, on Thursday, from entry to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, for one consecutive month.

A Ma'an reporter confirmed that Israeli authorities had banned six Jerusalemites from entry to Al-Aqsa for one month.

The six Jerusalemites were identified as Jamil al-Abassi, Mahmoud al-Mounis, Jihad Qaws, Rohi Kalghasi, Rami al-Fakhouri, and Mahmoud Abed al-Latif.

It is noteworthy that two days prior to the ban, the six Jerusalemites were detained by Israeli forces during predawn raids of their homes in East Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, about 35 Israeli settlers stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound through the Moroccan Gate and “provocatively” toured the compound, according to local sources.

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.

While Jewish visitation is permitted to the compound, non-Muslim worship is prohibited according to an agreement signed between Israel and the Jordanian government after Israel's illegal occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967.

Despite the agreement with Jordan -- which is the custodian of Al-Aqsa -- Israeli authorities regularly allow Jewish visitors to enter the site, often under armed guard. Such visits are typically made by right-wingers attempting to unsettle the status quo at the site, and coincide with restrictions on Palestinian access, including bans on entrance and detentions.

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