Israeli forces, on Friday, blocked Palestinian Muslim worshipers from performing the dawn prayer, evicted hundreds of worshipers and banned the call to prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron/Al-Khalil, Quds News Network reported.
Sheikh Hifzi Abu Sneineh, the head of the local Waqf Department, stated that military barriers were placed by Israeli troops, on the roads leading to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)-recognized Ibrahimi Mosque as a World Heritage site.
He said that soldiers invaded the mosque, evicted him and held one of the worshipers for a number of hours.
Abu Sneineh added that the empty mosque was then opened for the illegal Israeli settlers, one of whom reportedly threatened Palestinian worshipers before being removed by police.
On February 25, 1994, an extremist Israeli settler, Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinian muslims and wounded 150 more, when he opened fire inside the mosque during the dawn prayer.
In the aftermath, an additional 21 Palestinians that protested the murder, were killed by Israeli forces.
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