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Israeli forces assault student in Aqsa compound

Nov. 6, 2013 11:31 A.M. (Updated: Nov. 6, 2013 9:59 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- An Israeli police officer assaulted a female Palestinian student in the Al-Aqsa compound on Wednesday, witnesses said.

Around 40 Israeli intelligence officers entered the Al-Aqsa compound via the Moroccan Gate and were greeted by jeers and calls of 'Allah Akbar' by students, witnesses told Ma'an.

Israeli forces then assaulted a female student and arrested a man who tried to defend her. Two other Palestinians were detained in the incident, according to eyewitnesses.

Israeli security officers noted the ID numbers of female students present in the area and summoned them for interrogation at an Israeli police station.

An Israeli police spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa Mosque and is the third holiest site in Islam.

It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.

According to mainstream Jewish religious leaders, Jews are forbidden from entering for fear they would profane the "Holy of Holies," or the inner sanctum of the Second Temple.

Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

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