Israeli police arrested 60 “suspects” in occupied Jerusalem for creating unrest at the city’s flashpoint Al Aqsa mosque compound.
Israeli spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the detainees were “Arabs,” a term that could refer to Palestinians or to Arab citizens of Israel.
The arrested were the residents of Israeli-annexed Arab East Jerusalem.
Israel occupied the Arab East Jerusalem in the Six Day war in
The site is the third-holiest in Islam and aspired capital for the Palestinian statehood.
It is also the location of Judaism’s most holy spot.
Arab East Jerusalem is a frequent scene of conflict between the Palestinians and Israelis.
After Israeli authorities padlocked the Golden Gate, known in Arabic as Gate of Mercy, scuffles had been reported there for the past few days.
The Israeli spokesperson said the crackdown followed “calls for public disturbances” at Friday prayers.
He said, police will continue to make arrests.
He said, they were arrested on an intelligence report that they were involved in incitement to violence.
He said, police deployment in and around the Al Aqsa compound in Arab East Jerusalem’s walled Old City had been beefed up.
Muslim worshippers’ access to Al Aqsa and the adjoining Dome of the Rock is controlled by Israeli security forces.