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Israeli police arrest 15 worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque

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Gaza6Jan3OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (PNIC):-The Israeli police on Tuesday arrested 15 Palestinian worshipers from inside al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards in Occupied Jerusalem.

Wafa news agency said, quoting an Aqsa guard, that the worshipers were arrested for reciting the Holy Quran while a group of Israeli settlers were roaming al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards.

The guard described Tuesday's break-in as a "dangerous escalation" since settler visits to the holy site are halted in the last ten days of Ramadan because of the intensified presence of Muslim worshipers in the Mosque these days.

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli police in the morning hours opened al-Maghareba Gate and deployed its forces in large numbers in the Mosque courtyards in preparation for the settler break-in.

The witnesses added that during the break-in the police attacked a group of worshipers who were reciting the Holy Quran, arrested 15 young men and transferred them to an Israeli interrogation center in the Old City.

About 66 Israeli settlers forced their way into al-Aqsa Mosque via al-Maghareba Gate Tuesday morning.

The Israeli Temple Mount extremist groups earlier this week held a meeting in which they called for stepped-up break-ins into al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday to break the tradition of suspending settler visits to the site during the last ten days of the holy month of Ramadan.

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