Israeli President Isaac Herzog stormed on Sunday the Ibrahimi Mosque in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), in a move that has been seen as an explicit and clear declaration of his sponsorship of the Jewish settlers’ plans, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
TODAY: Israeli occupation soldiers assault nonviolent Palestinian protesters who were taking part in a vigil outside the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron, south of the occupied West Bank, in protest of a planned visit by Israeli President Isaac Herzog to the site. pic.twitter.com/GasY1JMZXd
— Wafa News Agency – English (@WAFANewsEnglish) November 28, 2021
Israeli forces closed the mosque gates, and prevented Palestinian residents from praying or standing nearby, WAFA reported, adding that they further forced the shop owners to close their shops, hindered the work of the press crews, and assaulted a number of them in an attempt to prevent them from covering the intrusion.
The Israeli president lit the first candle of the Jewish Hanukkah holiday at the Ibrahimi Mosque accompanied by settler leaders and Knesset members.
(WAFA, PC, Social Media)