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Over 20,000 Israeli settlers visit Hebron's Ibrahimi Mosque

April 23, 2019 1:00 P.M. (Updated: April 25, 2019 3:29 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- About 22,000 Israeli settlers took to Hebron City, in the southern occupied West Bank, to visit the Ibrahimi Mosque compound to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover, on predawn Tuesday.

According to Hebrew-language news outlets, thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews and Israeli settlers, were transported via buses to the Ibrahimi Mosque in successive groups and performed religious Jewish prayers on the occasion of Passover.

Sources confirmed that some 10,000 Israeli settlers performed Jewish prayers in the Cave of the Patriarchs inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

Sources added that Israeli forces sealed off the area, banning Muslim worshipers from entry to the mosque.

On February 25, 1994, Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslim worshipers at the mosque killing 29 and injuring more than 120, a 1997 agreement split Hebron into areas of Palestinian and Israeli control; the Ibrahimi mosque was also split into a synagogue, known to Jews as the Cave of the Patriarchs.

The Ibrahimi Mosque fell under the Israeli military-controlled H2 zone, which also includes the rest of the ancient Old City and the once thriving al-Shuhada street, now just shuttered shops fronts and closed homes.

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