Israeli forces have arrested six Palestinian women, including a journalist, in the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East al-Quds (Jerusalem).
According to witnesses, the arrests were made on Thursday, with the journalist Fatima Abu Isbitan among those detained, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported.
The other detainees were reportedly four mosque guards as well as a 17-year-old girl.
The reason behind the women’s detention is still unknown.
Last Wednesday, scores of Israeli settlers and troops stormed the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, Sheikh Omar Al-Qiswani, the Palestinian director of al-Aqsa Mosque, said.
“Tensions have been running high in al-Aqsa since the morning (June 17). Israeli police imposed strict measures outside the gates of al-Aqsa, where they check worshipers’ identity cards before allowing them to enter,” an al-Aqsa Mosque guard added.
The Israeli regime continues to restrict the entrance of Palestinian worshipers into the al-Aqsa Mosque.
Nearly 90 percent of Palestinians believe that Israel is going to destroy the al-Aqsa Mosque and replace it with a temple, according to a recent poll conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research.
The Tel Aviv regime has tried to change the demographic makeup of al-Quds over the past decades by constructing illegal settlements, destroying historical sites and expelling the local Palestinian population.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, located in the Israeli-occupied Old City of al-Quds, is a flashpoint Islamic site, also holy to the Jews. The mosque is Islam’s third holiest site after Masjid al-Haram in Mecca and Masjid al-Nabawi in Medina.