Hundreds of Jewish settlers yesterday stormed into Ibrahimi mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron to celebrate the Chayevi Sarah Jewish holiday.
Dozens of Israeli forces were deployed across the alleys of Hebron’s old city, preventing Palestinians from approaching the site, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.
Tension has been high in Hebron since Friday when settlers attacked Palestinian homes in the city, injuring several people.
After the 1994 massacre of 29 Palestinian worshipers inside the mosque by Jewish extremist settler Baruch Goldstein, Israeli authorities divided the mosque complex between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.
Hebron is home to roughly 160,000 Palestinians and about 500 Jewish settlers. The latter live in a series of Jewish-only enclaves heavily guarded by Israeli troops.