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Israeli forces suppress protest at Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

Sept. 30, 2017 4:35 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 1, 2017 2:52 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces assaulted Palestinian activists on Friday, during protests at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city of Hebron, according to witnesses.

Witnesses told Ma’an that following Friday prayers at the mosque, Palestinian activists carrying flags began chanting slogans calling for lifting Israeli army closures of Hebron and in condemnation of last week’s closure of the mosque.

Mistreatment of Palestinians has been common since the city was divided in the 1990s after US-born settler Baruch Goldstein massacred 29 Palestinians inside the Ibrahimi Mosque.

The majority of the city was placed under the jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority, while the Old City and surrounding areas were placed under Israeli military control in a sector known as H2.

Some 800 notoriously aggressive Israeli settlers now live under the protection of the Israeli military in the Old City, surrounded by more than 30,000 Palestinians.

Palestinian residents of the Old City face a large Israeli military presence on a daily basis, with at least 20 checkpoints set up at the entrances of many streets.

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