Israel detains Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Published: 07:51 PM, 30 May 2020 Updated: 08:25 PM, 30 May 2020
Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, Grand Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque
Israeli intelligence force, Mossad has detained Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the Grand Imam of Al-Aqsa Mosque, from his home in East Jerusalem on Friday.
Imam Ekrima was taken for interrogation in al-Qashla police station in West Jerusalem, according to his family.
Meanwhile, Hamas, the Palestinian militant Islamist organization, has strongly condemned the detention of the Grand Khatib of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site for Muslims.
Ismail Haniyeh, the group's political chief said, "The right to enter and worship at the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been violated by the arrest of Khatib Ekrima Sabri. This right of Muslims has been violated.”
He said efforts were also being made to make Al-Aqsa Mosque devoid of worshipers. This conspiracy has been going on for a long time. He also mentioned that Israel is carrying out various conspiracies against Baitul Muqaddas on the pretext of Coronavirus, adding that these conspiracies will never be allowed to take place.
Earlier in January, the Israeli authorities decided to ban Sheikh Ekrima from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for four months. Israel has occupied East Jerusalem, in which Al-Aqsa Mosque is located, during the 1967 Middle East war.