JERUSALEM, April 9 (NNN-WAFA) — Israeli police overnight and Sunday detained 18 Arab citizens during wide-scale raids in the city of Jerusalem, local sources said.

The sources said that Israeli police raided Arab citizens’ homes in several areas of Jerusalem, especially in the old city, and detained 18 of them while giving two orders to appear before the Israeli intelligence.

The raids came following Israel’s decision to ban Palestinians from the occupied West Bank from entering Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday Passover, which is celebrated until April 17.

Israeli authorities also on Sunday issued orders to ban 23 Arab citizens from the city of Jerusalem from entering al-Aqsa mosque compound for various periods of time, WAFA correspondent said.

He said that some citizens are banned for two weeks, while others are banned for six months.

He added that this came following similar decisions taken by the Israeli authorities to ban Arabs, including citizens and Aqsa workers and staff, from entering al-Aqsa mosque during the celebrations of the Jewish holiday Passover, which is going to last until April 17.

Palestinians from the occupied West Bank are also banned from entering Jerusalem during the Jewish holiday.

Last week, Israeli security services issued an order banning an employee of the Islamic Waqf (endowment) from entering al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem’s Old City for six months. — NNN-WAFA

Source: NAM News Network

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