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3 Turks arrested at Al Aqsa Mosque released on bail by Israeli court

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Three Turkish citizens who were arrested by Jerusalem police at Al Aqsa Mosque on Friday have been released on bail by an Israeli court, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

Abdullah Kizilirmak and Mehmet Kargili were accused of “battering Israeli police and resistance” when they tried to perform Friday prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest site in Islam, according to eyewitness accounts.

The other Turkish man, Adem Koc, was arrested after Friday prayers, accused of “disturbing public order and attending an illegal demonstration.”

US President Donald Trump on Dec. 6 announced a decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital despite worldwide opposition, sparking angry demonstrations across the Muslim world. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and other top Turkish officials have been at the international forefront opposing the US move.

On Thursday the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution against the Trump decision by a vote of 128-9, with 35 abstentions.

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