A member of Jerusalem’s Waqf (religious endowments) foundation and three Palestinian guards were detained by Israeli police on Monday near occupied East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al Aqsa Mosque, according to mosque director Omar al Qiswani.
“A member of the Muslim Endowments and Al Aqsa Affairs Foundation and three mosque guards were arrested by Israeli police,” Qiswani told Anadolu Agency.
Several hard-line Jewish settlers snuck into the Al Aqsa compound on Monday and praised the Israeli flag near the iconic Dome of the Rock Mosque.
The settlers attacked the Palestinian mosque guards when they attempted to stop them, he said.
Israeli police had stormed the site shortly afterward and severely beat Muslim worshipers and mosque guards, arresting three of the latter and a Waqf official, Qiswani added.
The Al Aqsa Mosque represents the world's third holiest site for Muslims. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.