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Israeli forces on Thursday arrested two Palestinians from inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in East Jerusalem.
Ibrahim Abu Araarh, 50, and Jamal Al-Natsheh, 46, were arrested from inside the compound, mosque guard Otham Abu Gharbiyeh told Anadolu Agency.
According to the mosque guard, the pair was detained as religious students were trying to prevent 25 Jewish settlers from storming the compound through Al-Mugharbi Gate.
In recent months, groups of extremist Jewish settlers, often accompanied by Israeli security forces, have repeatedly forced their way into the Al-Aqsa complex. The frequent violations anger Palestinian Muslims and occasionally lead to violent confrontations.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two prominent Jewish temples in ancient times.
Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Middle East War. It later annexed the holy city in 1980, claiming it as the capital of the self-proclaimed Jewish state in a move never recognized by the international community.
12 arrested in West Bank
Israeli military forces detained 12 Palestinians in the occupied West Bank in the early hours of Thursday.
Israel Radio said the Israeli army had raided different parts of the West Bank to arrest people wanted by security forces.
Israeli forces routinely launch raids across the West Bank, claiming they are hunting for "wanted" Palestinians.
According to a recent report by the Prisoners Center for Studies and Research, a Palestinian NGO, roughly 5000 Palestinians continue to languish in Israeli jails.
Israel arrests four Gaza fishermen
Israeli naval forces have detained four Palestinian fishermen off the coast of the Gaza Strip, a spokesman for Gaza's fishermen said Thursday.
Israeli forces arrested the four from their fishing boats late Wednesday and took them to Israel's Port of Ashdod near Gaza, spokesman Nezar Ayash told Anadolu Agency.
Israel allows fishing up to six miles off the Gaza coast.
When it first imposed its blockade on the Gaza Strip in 2006, Israel had allowed a three-nautical-mile fishing zone for Palestinian fisherman.
Gaza fishermen say the measures have adversely impacted their business. They complain that their annual hauls have since fallen from pre-blockade levels of some 4000 tons of fish to a current 1500 tons.
Of the Gaza Strip's roughly 1.8 million inhabitants, about 40,000 earn their living by fishing, according to the Palestinian Fishermen's Union.Last Mod: 29 Mayıs 2014, 12:04