Israeli forces abducted two young Palestinian men on Friday night, after allegedly assaulting them in the Old City of occupied East Jerusalem, a witness told Ma’an News Agency.Iyad al-Tawil said that Israeli forces detained his brother, Muhammad, 24, and Muhammad al-Bibi, 23, on al-Wadi Street inside the Old City.

Iyad said that Israeli forces assaulted his brother Muhammad and al-Bibi, before detaining them and taking them to the al-Qishla police station.

An Israeli police spokesperson did not respond for comment.

It was not clear under what grounds the two men were detained.

Tension between Palestinians and Israeli forces in Jerusalem’s Old City have been high in recent weeks, as Israeli forces have imposed new restrictions on Palestinians attempting to enter the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Israeli forces routinely detain Palestinians throughout the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem, often on the pretext of perceived security threats, and Addameer estimates that 40 percent of the Palestinian male population has been arrested at some point.

Nearly 6,000 Palestinian prisoners are currently being held in Israeli jails.

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