Nov 24, 2019 17:00 UTC
  • Hamas calls for defending Islamic sites in West Bank against Israeli violations

The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has lambasted the regular desecration of the Ibrahimi Mosque and the al-Aqsa Mosque by the illegal Zionist settlers as “a practice targeting the Palestinian presence.”

According to reports, the resistance movement’s spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, made the remark in a statement on Sunday, adding that the the illegal settlers’ break-ins at the two mosques “are part of the religious war being waged by the Israeli regime on the Palestinian people and their holy sites.”

The Ibrahimi Mosque is situated in al-Khalil, in the southern parts of the occupied West Bank. Revered by both Muslims and Jews, the holy site complex is believed to mark the burial sites of Prophet Abraham, Prophet Isaac, and Probeht Jacob (Peace be Upon Them).

Following a massacre of Palestinian worshipers by an illegal Zionist settler in 1994, the complex was divided between Muslim and Jewish worshipers.

However, the Israeli military almost regularly closes Ibrahimi Mosque to Muslim worshipers and allows the Zionists to enter the whole sacred site.

The Hamas statement came a day after thousands of illegal Zionist settlers violated the Ibrahimi Mosque under tight military protection, while Muslim worshipers were completely denied access to the holy site.

According to a report by the official Palestinian News Agency WAFA, Israeli soldiers also forced shop owners to close their businesses in the vicinity of the mosque and prevented local residents from being present in nearby areas.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Barhoum stressed that the violations of the Islamic holy sites would be met with action and resistance by the Palestinian people.

He also called on the Palestinian people to “fight a real battle” with the occupation and the illegal settlers and defend the holy sites.