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Israeli occupation prevents prayers in the Ibrahimi Mosque

February 27, 2014 at 11:15 am

The Israeli occupation authorities have decided to close the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron on Wednesday 31st March and Thursday 1st April under the pretext of celebrating “Easter”.

Since dawn on Wednesday Muslims have been prevented from performing any prayers inside the mosque. Meanwhile all corridors and courtyards, including those designated for Muslims, will be opened for the occupation to enable them to celebrate “Easter”, Palestinian sources have said.

Settlers’ organisations have called upon Jews to participate in the “celebration” at the Ibrahimi mosque over the past two days, by performing ritual ceremonies.

The occupation forces will also ban the call to prayer from the mosque on the days in question on the grounds of disturbing the settlers. It is well known that the call to prayer has been stopped on more than 200 occasions since the beginning of the year.

Large Israeli army forces and units of “Border Guards” are spreading throughout the old town, at the entrance of the Ibrahimi Mosque and its surroundings, as well as the roads linking them, in order to enable the settlers to access it in mass rallies.