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Israeli police 'detain Palestinian ministry employee' at Aqsa

April 29, 2014 2:18 P.M. (Updated: April 30, 2014 4:38 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli police physically assaulted and then detained an employee of the Palestinian Ministry of Endowment in the al-Aqsa compound early Tuesday, witnesses told Ma'an.

Locals told Ma'an that police assaulted and detained Raed Zughayyar, who works for a construction committee of the ministry.

Zughayyar was detained after a heated argument broke out between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers and students near the Cotton Merchant's Gate of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

An Israeli police spokesman was not immediately available for comment.

The al-Aqsa compound is a site of frequent clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police.

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.

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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