Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, chairman of the Islamic Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, displaying the Israeli order asking him to stay away from the holy Al-Aqsa Mosque in the city for 40 days

Israel orders top Awqaf official away from Al-Aqsa

Jerusalem (QNN) – Israeli police today ordered the Chairman of the Islamic Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, Sheikh Abdul-Azim Salhab, to stay away from Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the holy city for 40 days.

Israeli police also ordered Arafat Naib, an Islamic Awqaf guard of al-Aqsa Mosque, and Nasser Qous, a Fatah official in the city, to stay away from the holy Mosque for six months and 40 days respectively.

Last week, Israeli police arrested Salhab and other Awqaf officials against the backdrop of the reopening of Bab al-Rahma building inside Al-Aqsa Mosque, which had been closed for 16 years.

Some of the Awqaf employees have also received orders banning them from being at the holy Mosque for periods ranging between one week and six months.

The Islamic Awqaf department and Palestinian institutions have insisted on keeping the Bab al-Rahma prayer area open for Muslim worship after it became clear to them that Israel wants to keep it off for Muslims in order to give Jewish fanatics, who call for rebuilding their temple inside Al-Aqsa compound, free access and presence in the area.

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