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Israel bans 21 Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa for 15 days

July 28, 2017 4:00 P.M. (Updated: July 29, 2017 4:48 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities decided on Friday to ban 21 Palestinians from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for 15 days, hours after at least 100 Palestinians were detained from the compound by Israeli forces on Thursday night.

The Palestinian Prisoner’s Society identified the 21 Palestinians as Musallam Barakaa, Amir Mahmoud, Ibrahim Hamad, Muhammad Eweisat, Nader Abdo, Mutasem Billah Julani, Usama Abu Saleh, Muhammad Khalaf, Muhammad Zeidan, Ihab Shalabi, Ahmad shweiki, Muhammad Abu Riyaleh, Muhammad Mahamid, Mansour Nasser, Mustafa Abdin, Muhammad Khattab, Muhammad Bani Nimreh, Ali Shahin, Moussa Nasser, Muath Rabie and Muhammad Karaki.

PPS added that Israeli authorities extended the detention of five other Palestinians, two of whom were identified as Majd Sheikha and Malek Nairukh.

Israeli police spokeswoman Luba al-Samri said in a statement on Thursday that as sunset maghreb prayers ended on Thursday and worshipers began to part, "dozens of youths remained inside the mosque refusing to obey Israeli police’s orders to leave the compound, as usually happens after prayers."

According to al-Samri, officials of the Islamic endowment, or Waqf, that manages the site, attempted to "convince and talk" to the youth several times but to no avail.

"The Israeli police also attempted to do so by calling them via speakers to obey the police’s orders and leave the mosque, however, they refused to obey," al-Samri said, adding that Israeli forces then entered the mosque where the youth had shut themselves inside, and detained "several suspects for disrupting order," at which point clashes erupted between Palestinian youth and Israeli forces.

The Palestinian Red Crescent released a statement at the time saying that its crews had provided at least 94 worshipers with medical care during clashes. According to the group, some worshipers were treated for rubber-coated steel bullet injuries and tear gas inhalation, while others were physically assaulted and pepper sprayed by Israeli forces.

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