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Israeli officers detain Aqsa security guard

Aug. 10, 2015 12:26 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 10, 2015 4:09 P.M.)
(MaanImages)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli border police officers on Monday detained an Al-Aqsa Mosque compound guard during clashes at the holy site, witnesses told Ma'an.

Clashes broke out after Israeli police officers prevented a group of youths attending a summer camp from entering the compound, locals said.

Palestinian mosque guards arrived at the scene and were assaulted and attacked with pepper-spray by Israeli forces, witnesses told Ma'an.

Muayyad Hashima was detained during the incident, while the other guards present were identified as Ashraf Abu Rmeila and Yahya Shehada.

Israeli media reported that Hashima attacked Israeli border police officers at the scene.

Tensions have soared at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in recent days, with near-daily clashes as right-wing Jewish organizations call on their members to tour the site.

The third holiest site in Islam, the mosque compound is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood.

Following Israel's occupation of East Jerusalem in 1967, Israel has maintained an agreement with the Islamic trust that controls the Al-Aqsa compound not to allow non-Muslim prayer in the area.

Jewish prayer is allowed at the neighboring Western Wall, which is the last remnant of the Second Temple.

However, Israeli forces regularly escort Jewish visitors to Al-Aqsa, leading to anger among Muslim worshipers.
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