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Israel detains Muslim cleric over mosque disturbance

Tensions raised over questioning of grand mufti

JERUSALEM — Israeli ­police took the Muslim cleric in charge of Jerusalem’s Islamic holy places from his home early Wednesday and held him in custody for six hours to question him about a violent disturbance the previous day at al- Aqsa mosque, a move that increased tensions with Palestinians at a time when the United States is trying to revive peace talks in the Middle East.

The detention of the grand mufti of Jerusalem, a top Islamic leader, coincided with the public holiday called ‘‘Jerusalem Day,’’ when Israel celebrates the anniversary of its capture of East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war. He was released without charges being filed against him.

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