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Israel bans 2 Jerusalemite women from entering Al-Aqsa

July 30, 2018 11:24 A.M. (Updated: Aug. 2, 2018 2:50 P.M.)
JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- The Israeli authorities decided on Sunday afternoon to release two Palestinian women on the condition of being banned from entering the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound for the next two weeks.

Locals told Ma'an that the two Palestinian women released by Israeli authorities were identified as Nafissa Khweis, 66, and Aida Sidawi from occupied East Jerusalem.

Sources added that the Israeli authorities summoned Khweis to Jerusalem's Old City Israeli police station on Sunday to recover her identity card as it was previously confiscated from her while leaving the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Upon Khweis' arrival to obtain her identity card, Israeli forces detained and immediately took her in for interrogation about her presence and worship at the mosque.

Following the interrogation, Khweis was released on the condition of being banned from entering the compound for two consecutive weeks.

In addition, the Israeli authorities had released two Palestinian teens from detention on Saturday; they were identified as Rida Najib and Awni Najib from the Old City of Jerusalem.

A Ma'an reporter said that the two were also released also on the same condition as Khweis and Sidawi.

Israeli forces had carried out a detention campaign in the Old City of Jerusalem detaining some 30 Palestinians from the city.

Most of the Jerusalemite detainees have been released under the condition of not entering the premises of the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque. 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.

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