Israeli Forces Detain Six Palestinians from Jerusalem, Hebron

JERUSALEM, February 5, 2015 (WAFA) – Israeli forces detained Thursday six Palestinians from Jerusalem and Hebron, said Palestinian official and security sources.

Israeli police arrested three Palestinian women inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound and confiscated the identity card of a guard, according to the Jerusalem-based Islamic Endowments (Waqf) Department.

This came as many Jewish settlers forced their way into the mosque compound through the al-Magharbeh Gate under tight protection from Israeli police, triggering tensions with Palestinian Moslem worshippers.

The settlers wandered through the compound’s courtyards and some settlers reportedly performed Talmudic rituals and recited prayers in the proximity of King Faisal Gate, compelling one of the compound guards to confront and ask him to leave in an attempt to avoid any further confrontation.

However a settler attempted to assault one of the Mosque guards, compelling Israeli police to intervene and lead him out.

Police chased after a Waqf Department employee in charge of visually documenting settlers and police’ encroachments upon the Mosque and held the identity cards of women before allowing them access into the compound.

Meanwhile in Hebron district, forces detained a Palestinian young man from the city after breaking into and ransacking his family’s home. The detainee was identified as Jadawi Abu Haykal, 18.

They also raided Dura and al-Samo’ towns to the south of the city and detained another young man and a child. The detainees were identified as Bader Al-Darabi‘, 15, and Salem Al-‘Amid, 21.

Meanwhile in Jenin district, forces stormed Burqin town, where they broke into a coffee shop belonging to Ahmad Khluf and examined the identity cards of the coffee shop goers.