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PA condemns Israeli settlers for building tents outside Ibrahimi Mosque

Around 600 settlers live in the occupied city of Hebron [Getty]

Date of publication: 10 March, 2018

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The Palestinian Ministry of Foreign Affairs condemned Israeli settlers for building tents outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in occupied Hebron.
Palestine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs blasted Israeli settlers for building tents in the yards of al-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron following a serious and unprecedented escalation aimed at “Judaising” the mosque and its surroundings.

The ministry says the move comes as part of the illegal Israeli occupation's measures aimed at Hebron, accusing Tel Aviv of being “fully and directly responsible for the continued attacks on Palestinian Muslim and Christian holy sites”.

It added that it will follow up on the settlers’ new developments with relevant UN organisations.

Also on Friday, Israeli forces killed a disabled Palestinian man during clashes in the occupied West Bank.

Mohammed al-Jabari, 24, was shot during the clashes in Hebron and later died in hospital, the ministry said.

Palestinian sources say the father of two was deaf and mute and that he was not actively engaging in any clashes when he was shot.

Around 600 ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers live in the heart of Hebron, the largest Palestinian city in the West Bank. The settler enclave is protected by twice as many Israeli soldiers.

Hebron is known to be an exceptionally hostile environment due to its high concentration of settlers in the city. Its Palestinian residents reportedly live in fear due to Israeli aggression and apartheid practices. 

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