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Israeli forces detain 8 at Al-Aqsa following Friday prayers

March 7, 2014 6:40 P.M. (Updated: March 9, 2014 10:43 A.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces detained at least eight young Palestinian men as they left the flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem on Friday afternoon.

Director of the Palestinian Prisoners' Society said that Anas Abu Asab, Muni al-Ajlouni, Mohammad Abu Sneineh, Omar al-Zaaneen, Awni Dkeidek, Awni Abu Sbeih, and Mohammad al-Dakkak were among those detained.

The identities of the other detained individuals were still unknown.

Witnesses said that two people were also arrested from al-Wad street in the Old City near the Al-Aqsa compound.

Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said that "masked suspects threw stones at police" at the Moroccan Gate following Friday prayers.

Following the incident, he said that police detained seven people but did not enter the Al-Aqsa compound.

Israeli authorities banned Palestinians under the age of 50 from attending Friday prayers in the compound last week, leading to large protests across East Jerusalem as thousands prayed in the streets at police checkpoints.

Israeli authorities said the restrictions were put in place to prevent "plans for unrest," amid a debate on extending Israeli sovereignty over the compound that has provoked outrage across the region and led the Jordanian premier to call for the review of the country's peace treaty with Israel.

The Al-Aqsa compound is located in East Jerusalem, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967. According to a 1994 peace agreement between Israel and Jordan, the compound is under Jordanian custodianship.
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