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Israel Releases Al-Aqsa Detainees, Reopens Jalamah Checkpoint in Jenin

Israel Releases Al-Aqsa Detainees, Reopens Jalamah Checkpoint in Jenin

Sunday, 17 April, 2022 - 09:45
Palestinian protesters throw stones at Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Hebron yesterday (AFP)

Israel has released the majority of the detainees it held during Friday’s confrontations in Al-Aqsa Mosque, and reopened the Jalamah checkpoint near Jenin, eight days after shutting it down.

The move indicates that Israel plans to appease the situation during Easter.

Palestinian security sources said the occupation forces reopened the checkpoint in both directions, allowing Arab Israelis and permit holders to enter and exit.

The crossing is the only link between Jenin and Israel and was closed more than one week ago following an Israeli attack on the city to arrest activists and isolate the city.

Israel imposed a series of sanctions in the Jenin area blocking Arab Israelis, local merchants and some businesspeople from entering Israel and preventing Jenin residents from visiting family in Israel.

On Saturday, Wadi Hilweh Information Center called on the parents of 60 detainees, held during Israel's raid into Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in occupied Jerusalem, to head to the police station to sign the release order.

The Border Police’s head of operations, Oded Aflalo, told Ynet on Thursday that the force’s troops were at their highest alert.

Ramadan usually witnesses tension, but tensions had been high after a radical Jewish group offered a cash prize to anyone who went into Al-Aqsa Mosque and sacrificed an animal.

Sheikh Ekrima Sabri, the imam of Al-Aqsa, said that the battle against the occupation and the settlers is still ongoing.

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