40,000 Israeli settlers storm into Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron

An estimated 40,000 Israeli settlers have stormed into the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron over the past two days as they mark the Jewish holiday of Sukkot, the Palestinian Information Centre has reported. Israeli occupying forces imposed a curfew on the indigenous Palestinian residents of the occupied West Bank city and closed off numerous roads leading to the mosque in order to allow settlers to enter freely.
 
Some 22,500 Jewish settlers performed religious rituals at the Muslim holy site on Monday, with a further 22,000 storming the building yesterday. The extent of the incursion is unprecedented, but such events are increasingly common.
 
Last month 3,000 settlers stormed the mosque and conducted religious ceremonies inside the prayer hall. Meanwhile, Muslim worshippers have been prevented from entering the mosque to perform their obligatory five daily prayers and have also been banned from making the call to prayer.
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