Israel imposes 40-day ban on Awqaf official

Ramallah, Israeli occupation authorities on Sunday decided to ban Sheikh Abdul Azim Salhab, Chairman of Awqaf Council in Jerusalem, from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque for forty days.

The occupation authorities had arrested Salhab last week after he reopened the gate leading into the Bab Al Rahma in Al-Aqsa Mosque, but released him provided that he does not enter the site for a period of one week which ended today.

The General Director of the Islamic Awqaf and Al-Aqsa Affairs Department, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra that Israel summoned council members, Hatem Abdulkader and Mahdi Abdulhadi for questioning as part of measures against the council and department of Awqaf.

“As of this morning the Awqaf department is banned from receiving foreign guests, according to a decision by the Israeli police,” Al-Khatib added, pointing to the increasing escalation in attacks and the targeting of the department’s employees who are regularly subjected to various measures including imprisonment.

Source: Jordan News Agency