Israel arrests seven Jordan awqaf officials in Jerusalem

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AMMAN — The Israeli occupation forces on Sunday arrested five officials from the Jordan-run awqaf department administering the affairs of Al-Aqsa Mosque, Al Haram Al-Sharif, officials in Amman confirmed.اضافة اعلان

According to Abdul-Sattar Al-Qudah, director of Al-Aqsa Mosque and Jerusalem Affairs Department at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs, the number of arrestees among the awqaf department stood at five at dawn.

Later in the day Qudah confirmed to Jordan News that the number rose to seven.

Qudah said no more details were available, but ministry officials were in a meeting Sunday morning to follow up on the case.

Ten Palestinian youth were arrested at the time of dawn prayers at Al-Aqsa, the third holiest Muslim shrine and a hotspot of confrontation between Palestinians and the Israeli occupation forces and Jewish settlers, who frequently try to storm the holy site, which is under Jordanian custodianship.

Such clashes, along with an Israeli decision to forcibly evict Palestinian families from their homes in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem triggered a war between Gaza-based resistance groups and Israel.

A ceasefire came into effect Friday morning, but Israel renewed its raids on the compound hours later as the faithful gathered for Friday prayers.

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