Israel arrested Adnan Ghaith, the Palestinian Authority’s governor of Jerusalem; Shadi Mutawar, the Fatah general secretary for Jerusalem; and Yasser Darwish, the general secretary of Fatah in Isawiya, early on Monday, the Palestinian local media announced.
The Israeli police confirmed that Ghaith was detained, without revealing the reason behind his arrest.
The Palestinian Ministry of Detainees and Ex-Detainees Affairs condemned Israel’s repeated arrests of Ghaith and Fatah officials.
The ministry said that Ghaith was arrested from his home in Silwan. It also added that Israeli forces have beaten Mutawar while arresting him.
Darwish, Mutawar, and Ghaith were arrested several times in recent months over the accusation of violating the Israeli law.
Following the arrests, Israeli forces evacuated worshipers from Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
“Fifty extremist settlers stormed the courtyards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque since the morning hours, amid the intensive deployment of the occupation police,” said the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf.