The Israeli army decided to close the Ibrahimi mosque, in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, for Muslim worshipers for two days in order to allow Jewish worshipers to celebrate a Jewish feast. The order was issued on Thursday and stated that Muslim worshipers will not be allowed to use the mosque on Friday and Saturday.

An officer of the so-called Civil Administration Office, under direct control of the Israeli army, informed mosque officials that starting on Friday midday the mosque, also known as the Cave of Patriarchs, will only be used by Jewish worshipers celebrating the end of Sukkot on Friday and Saturday.

Muslims will be allowed back into the mosque after 9 PM on Saturday.

Israel repeatedly closed the mosque preventing Muslim worshipers from praying in it under similar claims and measures.