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Israel arrests another 72 Palestinians over Al-Aqsa protests

Palestinians perform Friday prayers in Al-Aqsa Mosque on 4 August 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli occupying forces have arrested 72 Palestinians this week over their alleged participation in protests over access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the Palestinian Information Centre.

Spokeswoman for the Israeli police, Luba Al-Sumari, said in a statement that 43 of those detained had already been charged.

"Anyone involved, directly or indirectly, in violent riots, will be arrested and prosecuted," she said.

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Israel had already arrested some 425 Palestinians in July due to their involvement in protests after occupying authorities implemented controversial new "security measures" at the gates to the Al-Aqsa compound last month.

After two weeks of demonstrations, Israeli forces relented and removed all intrusive additions to the Muslim holy site.

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