World Bulletin/News Desk
Israeli police on Sunday announced the arrest of five Jewish settlers for allegedly plotting attacks against Palestinians in Jerusalem.
A police force arrested five Jewish settlers – of which four were minors – for planning to attack Palestinians in Jerusalem, Israeli radio quoted unnamed police sources as saying.
Police also confiscated a knife and several other tools from the Jerusalem settlers that can be used in attacks against Palestinians, the sources added.
Tension has been running high in the Palestinian territories and Israel due to repeated Israeli "violations" of the flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.
The Israeli authorities briefly closed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in late October following the shooting of an extremist rabbi in West Jerusalem.
The closure of Al-Aqsa, along with the killing by Israeli police of a young Palestinian man suspected of shooting the rabbi, has prompted angry Palestinian protests in East Jerusalem.
For Muslims, Al-Aqsa represents the world's third holiest site. Jews, for their part, refer to the area as the "Temple Mount," claiming it was the site of two Jewish temples in ancient times.
Güncelleme Tarihi: 21 Aralık 2014, 10:24