Israel Detains Grand Mufti After Attacks in Jerusalem

Published July 14th, 2017 - 05:00 GMT
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, passes through an iron gate as he crosses an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/ Hazem Bader)
The Mufti of Jerusalem and Palestine, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein, passes through an iron gate as he crosses an Israeli checkpoint in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron. (AFP/ Hazem Bader)

Israeli police on Friday detained Jerusalem’s top Muslim cleric Sheikh Mohammad Hussein near Al-Aqsa mosque.

“Israeli police detained my father in a violent manner and took him to unknown destination,” Omar, son of the grand mufti, told Anadolu Agency.

The mufti was taken into custody from the Bab Al-Asbat area (Lion’s Gate) after Friday prayer.

Hundreds of Palestinians performed Friday prayer in Bab Al-Asbat after they were prevented from praying at Al-Aqsa mosque.

Israeli police shot dead three Palestinians who they claimed carried out an armed attack inside the flashpoint Al-Aqsa compound, resulting in the death of two police officers.

According to a statement by the Israeli police, the Palestinians opened fire at the Israeli officers injuring three policemen at the Old City of Jerusalem’s Lion's Gate (Bab Al-Asbat).

“Two police officers were critically injured and later died of their wounds in an Israeli hospital, while a third one was hurt by shrapnel and is out of danger,” police said.

Following the attack, Israeli police cleared the Al-Aqsa mosque and closed it for public.

Yoram Ha-Levy, Jerusalem police district commander, said that Friday prayers will not be held at the Al-Aqsa mosque.

After the attack, the Israeli Police beefed up security, deploying hundreds of troops and erecting roadblocks at the entrances of Jerusalem’s Old City, eyewitnesses said.


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