Ministry: 125 Israeli violations against holy sites in OPT in October

125 violations

More than 125 violations by the Israeli occupation forces and authorities were carried out against holy sites in the occupied Palestinian territories in October, a report by the Palestinian Religious Affairs Ministry said.

A Sunday report by the ministry said the occupation authorities banned the Muslim call to prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in al-Khalil at least 65 times in October.

The occupation forces escorted over 23,000 Israeli settlers as they stormed the Ibrahimi Mosque and performed sacrilegious rituals at and around the site. At the same time, the Muslim worshipers were denied access into the mosque to perform their daily prayers.

Meanwhile, the occupation authorities ordered the staff members of al-Latawani Mosque, in al-Khalil’s southern town of Yatta, to stop the call to prayers via loudspeakers.

October had also witnessed a swift surge in the Israeli break-ins at al-Aqsa Mosque—the third holiest site in Islam—particularly during Jewish Holidays. MKs (members of the Israeli parliament—Knesset) were also increasingly given green light to storm the site.

Religious Affairs Minister, Youssef Id’is, said the Israeli break-ins at al-Aqsa Mosque signal Israel’s disrespect for the sanctity of the site.

The minister further spoke out against the assaults launched by Israel’s municipal crews on the Islamic Mamanullah Cemetery.

(Source / 06.11.2017)

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