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Settlers set up tent in al-Khalil’s Ibrahimi Mosque

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Noor76AL-KHALIL (PNIC):-Israeli settlers erected on Wednesday morning a large tent in the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank province of al-Khalil.

Hafsi Abu Sneineh, director of the Mosque, affirmed that the settlers set up a tent in the Ibrahimi Mosque’s square after uprooting a perennial tree.

The settlers also carried out provocative actions in the square, he added.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Religious Endowments Ministry revealed that Israel prohibited the Muslim call to prayer 298 times in the first half of this year at the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in al-Khalil’s Old City district, which is home to some 160,000 Palestinian Muslims and about 500 Jewish settlers, with the latter living in a series of Jewish-only settlements heavily guarded by Israeli troops.

In 1994, Baruch Goldstein, an Israeli-American Jewish settler, gunned down 29 Palestinian Muslims as they prayed at the mosque.

Since then, the mosque has been divided into a Muslim section (45 percent) and a Jewish section (55 percent).

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