Nine arrests…clashes and injuries after a settler raises the Israeli flag inside Al-Aq
August 4, 2015

Dozens of Muslim worshippers and employees of Al-Aqsa Mosque confronted on Tuesday a settler after he raised the Israeli flag in the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock. Witnesses explained that one settler broke into Al-Aqsa Mosque through Dung and raised the Israeli flag upon arrival to the courtyard of the Dome of the Rock. Al-Aqsa guards asked the police to prevent the settler from raising the flag but the police provided him with full protection. A group of guards and Marabouts confronted the settler and took the flag away from and ripped it apart resulting in clashes between them and the settle; the police assaulted the Jerusalemites. The settler attacked the guards and Marabouts with a sharp tool which led to the injury of the guards Mohammad Badran (mouth) and Suleiman Abu Mayyaleh (bruises in the leg). The forces arrested Majdi Abbasi and a group of the Islamic Awqaf Department employees (Director of the Department of manuscripts Radwan Amro, Fadi Bakir, Husam Sider, Ahmad Abu Alya, Majd Abdeen and Raed Zghayar). Al-Aqsa guards organized a sit-in in front of Al-Qishleh police center in the Old City of Jerusalem to condemn the arrests and assaults against Al-Awqaf employees. During the sit-in, the forces arrested Firas Dibs (Al-Awqaf employee) and the journalist Abdel Karim Darwish.