JERUSALEM, Saturday, May 8, 2021 (WAFA) – At least 25 Palestinians were detained by Israeli occupation forces in the occupied capital Jerusalem in an ongoing detention campaign which started last night, according to the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society (PPS).
The latest arrests follow a violent night which saw hundreds of Israeli police officers raid the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem and assault innocent worshipers, sparking clashes that ended up with scores of injuries among the Palestinian worshipers.
Tens of thousands of worshipers had earlier packed Islam’s third-holiest site on the final Friday of Ramadan and many stayed on to protest against Israeli plans to evict Palestinian families from their homes on land claimed by Jewish settlers in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.
Palestinians have staged a series of sit-ins in the area in recent days denouncing Israeli orders for them to vacate their homes. Israeli occupation forces have attacked the sit-ins using skunk water, tear gas, rubber-coated bullets and shock grenades. Dozens of Palestinians have been arrested.