Israeli occupation forces detained today the head of the restoration and reconstruction department of the Islamic Waqf, which is in charge of Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, in Jerusalem’s Old City, according to Waqf officials.
They said IOF detained Bassam Hallaq, head of the department, Taha Oweidah, an engineer, and Mohammad Hidra, a staff, from inside Al-Aqsa compound.
No reason was given for the detention.
The department is in charge of restoration and upkeep of the Muslim holy site, which Israel is trying to keep under its control while it prevents the Muslim Waqf from carrying out any restoration without its permission first.
Israeli occupation police arrested the director of construction at the Islamic Awqaf Eng.Bassam Hallaq and another employee from the courtyards of Al Aqsa mosque. . pic.twitter.com/vuOj78S13w
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