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Settlers fly Israeli flag by Hebron mosque

April 22, 2015 9:47 A.M. (Updated: April 22, 2015 11:02 A.M.)
(Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron. (MaanImages/File)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli settlers on Tuesday raised an Israeli flag by the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron.

The general director of the Hebron Rehabilitation Committee Imad Hamdan told Ma'an this is part of a series of steps by the Israeli government to "Judiaize" the mosque.

The Ibrahimi Mosque currently used by both Jews and Muslims as the site where both faiths believe the Biblical patriarch Abraham is buried, however under an agreement with endowment officials, Jewish visits to Isaac's Hall are limited to 10 per year.

The agreement initially came into place after a Brooklyn-born Jewish settler massacred 29 Palestinians in the mosque after opening fire at worshipers in 1994.

Israeli settlers regularly visit the mosque with the protection of Israeli forces, regardless of the agreement.

Hamdan described the mounting of the Israeli flag on the mosque "provocative" and "offensive," demanding the flag be removed.

Tuesday's incident was another in a string of high tensions between Israeli settlers and local Palestinians over the mosque, located in the center of Hebron.

Settlers in the area and Israeli forces regularly target local Palestinians for harassment, and many have been forced from their homes as a result

Around 700 settlers live in 80 homes in the city center of Hebron, surrounded by nearly 200,000 Palestinians. The settlers are protected by the Israeli army in the tightly controlled city, where many streets are off limits to Palestinians.

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