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Israel summons Al-Aqsa Mosque director for questioning

Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Al-Kiswani in Jerusalem, on 27 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]
Director of Al-Aqsa Mosque Omar Al-Kiswani in Jerusalem, on 27 July 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

Israel Police yesterday summoned Sheikh Omar Al-Kiswani, the director of Al-Aqsa Mosque, for interrogation at the Russian Compound in West Jerusalem.

Sheikh Al-Kiswani has called for Muslims to pray in the Al-Aqsa Mosque yards instead of inside the buildings as a precautionary measure against the spread of the coronavirus.

Occupation have allowed Jewish settlers to storm the mosque and perform Talmudic rituals in its grounds despite a state of health emergency being in place which has prevented Muslim worshippers from accessing the compound.

On Wednesday, Israeli forces also arrested Amir Shweiki, from Al-Thawri neighbourhood in occupied East Jerusalem, after storming the neighbourhood with military vehicles and closing its entrances and preventing vehicles from moving.

Dozens of Israeli soldiers also stormed the village of Issawiya, northeast of Jerusalem, and arrested 14-year-old Majd Mahmoud.

READ: Jewish settlers raid Al-Aqsa Mosque despite coronavirus restrictions

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