Al-Khalil (Hebron) marks, on Sunday, 24 years since the Ibrahimi mosque massacre took place, when an extremist Israeli settler opened fire at Muslims observing the dawn prayers on a holy Ramadan morning, killing 29 innocent worshipers and injuring 150 others before he was caught and killed by the crowds. The extremist settler, an American-Israeli physician identified as Barouch Goldstein, who resided in the ultra-fanatic Kiryat Arba settlement in Al-Khalil (Hebron), walked into the mosque as a large number of Muslim Ramadan worshippers, mainly elderly, were praying and opened fire at random from his Israeli army-issued machine gun leading to the large number of deaths and injuries.
Israeli soldiers, who were in the vicinity of the mosque, closed the doors to the mosque and prevented the worshipers from running for their lives. They also prevented people from outside to enter it to help in evacuating the dead and wounded. Later, related violence raised the number of Palestinians killed on that day to 50, in Al-Khalil Hebron alone, and to 60, adding those killed in confrontations that broke out elsewhere in the West Bank, against Israeli occupation forces. Immediately following the massacre, Israel decided to punish the victims by closing down the old town of Hebron, where the Ibrahimi mosque is located, for six months. The new facts on the ground created after the massacre to punish the victims are still in place until today.