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Palestinians pay respects to victims of Ibrahimi Mosque massacre

Feb. 26, 2017 8:06 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 27, 2017 1:26 P.M.)
HEBRON (Ma’an) -- The National Campaign to Lift the Closure of Hebron organized a commemoration of the Ibrahimi Mosque massacre on Sunday with a visit to the graves of the Palestinian victims of the attack, which occurred 23 years ago.

On Feb. 25, 1994, American-born Israeli settler Baruch Goldstein opened fire on Muslim worshipers at the mosque in the southern occupied West Bank city, killing 29 and injuring more than 120.

Hebron Mayor Kamil Hmeid, Fatah party secretary in Hebron Imad Khirwat, head of al-Waqf in Hebron Ismail Abu Halawa, activists, and family members of the victims of the attack attended the event.

Hmeid spoke of the deadly attack and the Israeli restrictions imposed on Palestinians in Hebron in its wake, before saying a prayer for the deceased.

Following the massacre, Israel divided Hebron, with the majority of the city 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.

Activist Hisham Sharabati called on Palestinians to keep visiting the Ibrahimi Mosque and continue to remember those who died there.

Hebron activists organized a series of events in the past week ahead of the anniversary, including a candlelight vigil and a march calling for the reopening of Shuhada street, which has remained almost entirely closed to Palestinians since the massacre.
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