JERUSALEM (Ma'an) -- A right-wing Jewish Israeli on Sunday took photos of the Al-Aqsa Mosque using a small drone with cameras that he flew from the cemetery near the Golden Gate.
Eyewitnesses told Ma'an that the man focused the drone's camera on the Dome of the Rock.
They added that they saw the man directing his drone and cameras remotely, from just outside the Old City near the Al-Aqsa compound.
After the guards of Al-Aqsa noticed the drone, they called Israeli police who arrived and detained the settler.
Director of the Jerusalem office of the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Endowment Sheikh Azzam al-Kahtib called upon Israeli police to immediately investigate the incident as such behavior, he said, poses real threats to the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Some right-wing Jewish groups call for the destruction of the Al-Aqsa mosque and the construction of a Jewish temple there, and recent calls for the extension of Israel sovereignty over the compound -- which is maintained by an Islamic trust under Jordanian oversight -- have inflamed tensions.
The Al-Aqsa compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and Al-Aqsa mosque, and is the third holiest site in Islam.
It is also venerated as Judaism's most holy place as it sits where Jews believe the First and Second Temples once stood. The Second Temple was destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD.
Al-Aqsa is located in East Jerusalem, a part of the internationally recognized Palestinian territories that have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.