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In video - Israeli forces assault Palestinian worshipers at Al-Aqsa

Feb. 20, 2019 9:49 A.M. (Updated: Feb. 22, 2019 10:55 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian worshipers following sunset Maghrib and Isha prayers near the al-Rahma Gate (Gate of Mercy) area inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, on Tuesday evening.

Witnesses told Ma’an that Israeli police forces assaulted Palestinian youths and detained several of them.

Israeli forces surrounded the Al-Aqsa Mosque, completely preventing entry to worshipers.

According to locals, Israeli forces detained 22 Palestinians from the compound; nine of them were identified as Muhammad Abu Shusheh, Omar Zghayyar, Omar Odeh, Hamza Zghayyar, Hisham al-Bashiti, Muhammad Abu Qweider, Muhammad al-Alami and Mahmoud Zghayyar.

Israeli police forces were heavily deployed around the gates of the Al-Aqsa compound, after having removed locks and chains off the al-Rahma Gate upon sealing off the area.

After the gate was sealed off on Sunday, Palestinian activists protested, broke locks and chains and reopened the gate on Monday. However, Israeli forces resealed the gate shortly after and opened it again on Tuesday.

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