Israel banns Azan at Ibrahimi mosque
(MENAFN) On Friday, Israel banned the Azan (the Muslim call to prayer) at the Ibrahimi Mosque in the West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), according to Palestinian Religious Endowments Minister Yousef Adais.
In a press statement, Adais described the move as "a dangerous precedent" and "a cowardly breach of the freedom of worship".
"Continued Israeli violations against the mosque clearly show that the occupation authorities, along with the [Jewish] settlers, are trying to exert total control over the area's Muslim holy sites," the minister asserted.
The Ibrahimi Mosque is located in Hebron's Old City district, where some 400 Jewish settlers now reside under the protection of about 1,500 Israeli soldiers.
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