Jerusalem24 – Today, Sunday, the Israeli police arrested three employees of the Islamic Endowment Department as they were working in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Islamic Endowments Department reported that the Israeli police physically assaulted on of the guards of the Dome of the Rock in the Al-Aqsa. They then went on to impose a closure on the chapel and threatened to storm it in order to arrest him after calling for more reinforcements.
The Israeli police arrested him and took him in for interrogation to one of its centers in Jerusalem.
This was followed by the arrest of another guard as well as an Islamic Endowment employee who were working in the mosque.
The Israeli police and intelligence force also stormed the home of the Deputy Director-General of the Islamic Endowment Directorate, Sheikh Najeh Bakirat in Sur Baher; southeast of Jerusalem. The forces entered and searched the home leaving a mess before departing and handing Bakirat a notice to be summoned for interrogation.
Bakirat was recently arrested near Bab Al-Asbat, and was released on the condition that he be removed from the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupied West Bank.
This all coincided as Israeli settlers entered the courtyard of the the Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound from the Mughrabi Gate.