The Israeli occupation forces (IOF) on Thursday morning closed the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil city for 24 hours in order to allow Jewish settlers to celebrate a religious event.
Palestinian Awqaf official Ra’ed Masouda said the IOF closed the Ibrahimi Mosque entirely before Muslim worshippers and allowed scores of Jewish settlers to defile it.
“The Israeli authorities told us the Mosque would be closed from Thursday morning to Friday morning,” Masouda said.
He added that the settlers pitched tents in the Mosque’s courtyards.
After the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshippers inside the Mosque by Jewish terrorist Baruch Goldstein, the Israeli occupation authority imposed its control over the Islamic holy site and divided it between Muslims and Jewish settlers.
( Source: The Palestinian Information Center)