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Thursday, July 02, 2009

"Soldiers break into the Al Aqsa Mosque yard, kidnap three Palestinians." IMEMC, July 3, 2009.

The Al Marwani prayer area, Al Aqsa Mosque

Local sources in Jerusalem reported on Thursday evening that Israeli soldiers and security men broke into the yard of the Al Aqsa Mosque and Al Marwani prayer area, and kidnapped three residents, including a reporter.

The sources stated that dozens of armed Israeli policemen broke into the yard as the Palestinians were holding a celebration honoring Palestinian children who won a portrait contest about the Al Aqsa Mosque.

The police initially attempted to bar 300 children from participating in the competition, but the organizers and the children continued their festival despite the Israeli attack, and the attempt to sabotage the activities.

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