Monday, 8 December 2014

Palestinians from Gaza visit relatives jailed in Israel

A number of Palestinians were allowed to enter Israel on Monday to visit their jailed relatives, a Red Cross spokeswoman said.

Suhair Zaqqut, a spokeswoman of the International Committee of the Red Cross, told Ma'an that 21 Palestinians including two children left Gaza through the Erez crossing.

They visited a total of 16 Palestinians jailed in the Israeli prison of Eshel, Zaqqut said.

She said Israel issued permits for a limited number of Palestinians from Gaza to visit their jailed relatives every Monday. more

Israeli rightists, intelligence officers tour Aqsa compound

A group of Israeli rightists toured the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Monday under police escort, a mosque official said.

Director of Al-Aqsa, Sheikh Omar al-Kiswani, told Ma'an that groups of Israeli right-wingers "stormed the compound and toured its' squares under the so-called foreign tourism program."

A group of Israeli intelligence officers also toured the compounds, he added.

The Ministry of Endowment complained to Israeli police, expressing their objection to the visits, al-Kiswani said.

Meanwhile, Israeli police detained a woman, Umm Radwan Omar, at one of the gates leading to the holy site. Omar usually gives religious lectures inside the compound.

Israeli police collected the identity cards of all Palestinian men and women who entered the compound on Monday. more