Israeli occupation forces closed on Saturday afternoon the Damascus Gate area in the occupied city of Jerusalem, claiming the existence of a suspicious object.

According to local sources, the occupation forces, present at a military post at Bab al-Amud, closed the area, and detained a large number of Jerusalemites and worshipers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to what was stated on the (Freedom News) website.

Video clips circulated on social media, in which hundreds of citizens were shown stranded inside the walls of the Old City, after the occupation closed the Damascus Gate and prevented them from entering and leaving.

And local sources pointed out that the occupation forces searched the objects of citizens in the Bab al-Amoud area in a provocative manner.

In addition to its strict security measures, and within its abuse policies, the occupation forces arrested a number of worshipers in the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque.

The Israeli occupation forces continue to obstruct the movement of citizens in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem, and at the surrounding military checkpoints.

The occupation authorities are pursuing a policy of restrictions on Jerusalemites, Al-Murabitun, and worshipers in Al-Aqsa Mosque, by arresting, deporting, and repeatedly physically targeting, with the aim of intimidating citizens and emptying the mosque. To allow the settlers to implement their Judaization plans.

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