Israeli forces arrest 20 Palestinians in E. Jerusalem
Palestinian worshippers take part in Friday prayers outside the Dome of the Rock at the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on May 22, 2015. (AFP/Ahmad Gharabli)
Israeli military forces have detained more than 20 Palestinians, mostly teenagers, in the past 24 hours, a Palestinian NGO says.
Director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society in al-Quds (Jerusalem) Nasser Qaws said in a statement on Tuesday that most of the detained Palestinians were aged 14 to 16, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
The detainees appeared before Israeli courts. Most of them were remanded in custody and the rest were released after paying fines or posting bail.
On Sunday, Israeli security forces also arrested two Palestinians, including a 19-year-old boy, in East al-Quds.
Since Sunday morning, tensions were high around the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, as Israelis celebrated a holiday of Shavuot in the compound.
The Al-Aqsa compound, which lies in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint. The location of the compound, known to Jews as the Temple Mount, is the holiest site in Judaism. The mosque is Islam’s third-holiest site after ones in Mecca and Medina in Saudi Arabia.
Israeli forces attack Al-Aqsa Mosque to prevent Palestinians in al-Quds from holding religious ceremonies there.