5 Palestinians arrested in Occupied Jerusalem

Jerusalem/PNN/

Israeli Occupation forces arrested 5 Palestinians this morning in the neighbourhood Beit Hanina, Jerusalem.

Israeli police released a statement claiming that they had arrested the young men on suspicion of throwing Molotov cocktails towards a settler house in the area

This comes after 20 Palestinians, mostly teenagers, were arrested by the IOF in East Jerusalem on 26 May.

Director of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Society in al-Quds (Jerusalem) Nasser Qaws said in a statement on Tuesday that most of the detained Palestinians were aged 14 to 16, Palestinian Ma’an news agency reported. Most remain in custody.

On 25 May, 13 Palestinians including elderly men and young teenagers were arrested outside Al-Aqsa mosque where they were holding a protest against a visit made by settlers to the mosque. Two elderly men were reportedly physically assaulted by the IOF before they were arrested, said WAFA.

Al-Aqsa mosque has been the site of regular provocative visits by Israeli settlers who are protected by the IOF. Palestinians are often arrested when they protest against these visits.