JERUSALEM (AA) Israeli police have banned two top religious officials from entering East Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque, according to a Palestinian official on Sunday.

“Sheikh Abdul Azi Salhab, the head of the Muslim Waqf (Endowment) Council in Jerusalem, was banned from entering the mosque compound for 40 days,” Firas al-Dibs, a spokesman for the Jerusalem Islamic Waqf, a Jordan-run organization responsible for overseeing the city’s Islamic and Christian sites, told Anadolu Agency.

He said Sheikh Najeh Bkerat, the deputy director of Muslim Endowments and Al-Aqsa Affairs, was also banned from the holy site for four months.

Israeli police also banned a mosque guard from entering the holy site for a six-month period, the spokesman said. The ban came one week after Israeli police briefly arrested Salhab and Bkerat in raids on their homes in Jerusalem.

Tension has mounted in Jerusalem last week in the wake of Israel’s closure of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s Rahma Gate on the eastern wall of Jerusalem’s Old City, triggering angry Palestinian protests.