Hamas condemns Israeli closure of Ibrahimi Mosque

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Hamas Movement on Friday condemned the decision of the Israeli occupation authorities to close the Ibrahimi Mosque in the city of Hebron, in the south of the occupied West Bank, under the pretext of reducing the spread of the Coronavirus.

Hamas spokesman Hazem Qassem said in a statement that the decision of closing the Ibrahimi Mosque comes in the context of the continuous targeting of Islamic holy sites and the occupation war against the Palestinian and Arab identity.

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He called on all parties and relevant international institutions to pressure the occupation to stop its campaign against sacred things and respect the right of Palestinian people to practice their religious rites.

Since 1994, Al-Ibrahimi Mosque, which is believed to have been built on the shrine of the Prophet of God Abraham, peace be upon him, has been divided into a special section for Muslims, and another for Jews, after a settler killed 29 Muslims while they were performing the dawn prayers, on February 25 of the same year.

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The Ibrahimi Mosque and the old city of the occupied city of Hebron were listed by "UNESCO" in 2017 on the World Heritage List.

The mosque is located in an area under full Israeli control, but it is managed by the Palestinian Ministry of Endowments.

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