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Israel bans five Jerusalemites from Al-Aqsa

May 29, 2018 at 3:58 pm

After proving his identity, a Palestinian worshiper walks past Israeli forces to get to Al-Aqsa Mosque on 25 May 2018 [Wisam Hashlamoun/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli magistrates’ court today banned five Jerusalemites from accessing Al-Aqsa Mosque for a week.

The Wadi Hilweh Information Centre confirmed that the court released the five Jerusalemites under the condition that they not enter Al-Aqsa for a whole week. Bail was set at 500 shekels ($140).

However, the court extended the arrest of a sixth detainee until Thursday pending an investigation.

The six Jerusalemites were arrested from their houses last Saturday for their alleged participation in a peaceful march in the holy shrine the day before.

Israeli occupation forces regularly arrest Palestinians who actively stand up to policies to Judaise the Muslim holy site and ban them from the area. Settlers and right-wing groups are however allowed entry into the Muslim site on a near daily basis under the protection of armed guards.

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