Under the pretext of attempting to stab a soldier- the occupation forces arrest a child and assault him, and close Al-Aqsa Mosque
September 26, 2019

The Israeli occupation forces arrested Ashraf Hassan Adwan, 12, after shots were fired towards him under the pretext of attempting to stab a female soldier in Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Israeli forces closed Al-Aqsa Mosque for more than an hour and summoned three of the mosque's guards.

Wadi Hilweh Information Center’s lawyer, Razan Jubeh, said that the Israeli occupation forces have transferred the child to investigation at Al-Maskobyeh police station in West Jerusalem. The boy is suffering from pains and bruises as he was assaulted and severely beaten by the forces during the arrest. The lawyer confirmed the boy was not shot. 

Eyewitnesses said that the Israeli occupation forces fired bullets at the boy inside the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque near "Al-Silsileh Gate", under the pretext of trying to stab a policewoman stationed at the gate.

The forces closed Al-Aqsa gates and prevented access to it. The worshipers performed the Afternoon Prayers at Al-Aqsa gates and in the streets, and the forces closed the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem.