Palestine marks 28 years since Ibrahimi Mosque massacre
On Friday, Palestinians marked the 28th anniversary of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre, and in the West Bank city of Hebron the tragic memories of the incident are still alive under many Israeli restrictions.
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Following the brutal killings, the Israeli authorities imposed military rule on the Old City of Al-Khalil, which affected the religious, social and economic life of the people there.
On Feb. 25, 1994, during the dawn prayer, hundreds of Palestinians were attacked in mass shootings and bombings at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Al-Khalil. The gruesome attack left 29 worshippers dead and dozens of others wounded.
Palestinians say the attack was planned by a group of Jewish settlers with indirect assistance from the Israeli army, who was not at the scene during the massacre.
Muslims attach great value to the Ibrahimi Mosque, as they believe it was built above the tomb of Prophet Ibrahim (Prophet Abraham).
Jewish settlers also revere the place, as they call it the Cave of the Patriarch due to their belief that the tombs of Prophet Abraham and his wife Sarah are located in a cave below the mosque.
After the massacre, 60% of the total area of the mosque was converted into a Jewish synagogue protected by metal barriers and military barracks and reaching it became more difficult and complicated for Muslims.