Zionist Forces Close Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil to Palestinian Worshippers

15:50 - May 18, 2024
News ID: 3488388
IQNA – The Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron) was stormed by the Israeli regime’s forces on Friday.

Israeli regime’s forces at Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Al-Khalil (Hebron)


The regime’s forces and prohibited the Adhan, or the Muslim call to prayer, and evening prayer at the mosque.

Ghassan al-Rajabi, director of the Waqf Department in al-Khalil said that soldiers forced Waqf Department employees out of the mosque and prevented them from performing the maghrib, or evening prayer.

He added that the Zionist regime army's incursion seemed to secure the incursion of a senior Israeli official who toured sections of the mosque.

Al-Rajabi noted the mosque remained closed to Palestinian worshippers until ishaa, or night prayers.

After the massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers in 1994 inside the mosque by a Zionist extremist settler, Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities divided the mosque complex between Muslim and Jewish worshippers.

The UNESCO World Heritage Committee decided in July 2017 to include the Ibrahimi Mosque and the old city of Al-Khalil on its World Heritage List.

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Al-Khalil is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers. The latter live in a series of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli troops.