3 South Africans held by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem - BDS SA

2016-06-26 21:59
Israeli security forces (Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

Israeli security forces (Ahmad Gharabli, AFP)

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Johannesburg – Three South African citizens were arrested by Israeli forces in East Jerusalem, the human rights and Palestine solidarity organisation BDS South Africa claimed on Sunday.  

BDS SA said in a statement that according to news reports, Israeli soldiers and right-wing Israeli settlers stormed the courtyards of the al-Aqsa mosque in Occupied East Jerusalem.

“It has been reported that Israeli soldiers kidnapped Saleh Bader Abu ‘Assab and Mohammad Naseef, in addition to three South African citizens," it said.  

BDS South Africa added that Israeli forces assaulted several Palestinian worshippers who protested against the Israeli provocations. It is reported that the Israeli forces also prevented any worshipper below the age of 30 from entering the mosque.

At least five persons were reported injured during the clashes between the worshippers and the invading Israeli soldiers, it said.   

The Department of International Relations and Co-operation (DIRCO) could not confirm the arrest to News24.  

“We cannot confirm the arrest at the moment, we are still waiting for an official report,” said spokesperson Nelson Kgwete.  

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