Occupation blocks worshipers from reaching Al-Aqsa and arrests dozens in the West Bank

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Today, Friday, Israeli occupation forces set up military checkpoints at the entrances to Jerusalem's Old City, blocking large numbers of worshipers from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Department of Islamic Endowments said occupation measures prevented thousands of worshipers from accessing the mosque, as occupation forces stopped, searched civilians and forced them to enter the Old City and perform Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa. Prevented from reaching the mosque.

Israeli restrictions forced hundreds of worshipers to pray on the streets near the Old City, including the Lions Gate, Ras al-Amud and Wadi al-Joz neighborhoods, after preventing them from reaching the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Despite these restrictions, 13,000 Palestinians were able to access the Al-Aqsa Mosque and pray there.

The occupation has imposed strict military measures in Jerusalem since the war on Gaza began on October 7, including a campaign of arrests and detention of youth, assaults on them, and restrictions on those seeking to access Al-Aqsa. Especially on Friday. Amid repeated raids on the mosque by settlers under military protection. Israeli.

Arrests continue

On the other hand, occupation forces arrested at least 25 Palestinians in the West Bank, including a woman, an injured man and children, bringing the number of Palestinian detainees from the West Bank since October 7, 2023 to 6,485. Palestinian Prisoner and Ex-Prisoner Affairs Authority and the Palestinian Prisoners Club.

The raids and arrests continue in West Bank towns and camps as part of a wider Israeli escalation since the resistance launched the Al-Aqsa flood battle on October 7 last year.

In another context, the Palestinian Foreign Ministry, on Friday, condemned extremist Israeli Minister Bezalel Smotrich's call to convene the so-called Supreme Planning Committee to approve the construction of 7,000 new settlement units in the occupied West Bank. Final approval of 2,000 disposal units.

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