Jerusalem (UNA-OIC) � Israeli police on Tuesday assaulted Palestinian Muslim worshippers inside Al-Aqsa Mosque courtyards and detained 12 from the southern mosque (also known as Al-Qibli Mosque), in East Jerusalem.

According to WAFA correspondent, Israeli police stormed the holy site, where they detained 12 Palestinian worshippers after assaulting them while reciting the Qur’an in the courtyards. The worshippers were purportedly detained for reciting the Qur’an aloud.

One of the Waqf-appointed mosque’s guards described the police raid into the holy site and detention of worshippers as a dangerous escalation. He explained that police raids into the mosque compound are prohibited in the last 10 days of the Islam’s holy month of Ramadan because many Muslim worshippers spend long times in the mosque.

This came as scores of Israeli settlers forced their way into the flashpoint site following calls by Jewish settler groups, known as Temple Mount organizations, for en masse intrusions into the holy site, so that it would not remain only exclusive to Muslims during the last 10 days of Ramadan.

Source: International Islamic News Agency