On Friday, Israeli soldiers attacked a procession commemorating the 28th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, wounding dozens of Palestinians, including a photojournalist.
Media sources said the Palestinians marched towards the Ibrahimi Mosque while chanting against the continued and escalated Israeli crimes and violations against the Palestinian people.
The Palestinians commemorated the massacre against the worshipers in the Ibrahimi Mosque before the soldiers started firing gas bombs, concussion grenades, and rubber-coated steel bullets at them.
Medical sources said dozens of Palestinians suffered the effects of tear gas inhalation, adding that the soldiers assaulted Palestine TV photojournalist Eyad Al-Hashlamoun, causing various cuts and bruises.
Early in the morning of February 25, 1994, Israeli-American colonizer Baruch Goldstein, wearing his army uniform and carrying his army-issued assault rifle, walked past Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint and into the Ibrahimi Mosque.
It was the holy month of Ramadan for Muslims, and 400 or 500 Palestinian men were worshipping. According to reports, Goldstein observed the scene once inside and waited until those present turned towards Mecca and knelt to pray before opening fire.
Twenty-nine Palestinians were killed and some 150 wounded before Goldstein’s victims subdued and beat him to death. According to a report in The New York Times, at least one Palestinian was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers stationed outside the mosque as panicked survivors attempted to flee to safety, and others may have died as a result of being repeatedly stopped en route to the hospital by soldiers wanting to search the vehicles they were being transported in.