IOF troops quell demonstration near the Ibrahimi Mosque

AL-KHALIL, (PIC)-- Seven Palestinians suffered breathing difficulties as IOF troops fired teargas at a peaceful demonstration near the Ibrahimi Mosque in the southern West Bank town of al-Khalil.

Local sources said that amongst the injured was PLC member Dr. Mustafa al-Barghouthi, and Najah University lecturer Dr. Saed Abu Hijleh, who received wounds to his face as he was hit with a stun grenade.

Dr. Hijleh was taken to hospital for treatment while others were treated at the scene.

Hundreds of worshipers came out of the Ibrahimi Mosque after the Friday prayers carrying a huge Palestinian flag, the IOF troops responded by firing live bullets, stun grenades and teargas.

A number of Palestinians travelled from different parts of the West Bank to al-Khalil to show solidarity with the Palestinians of al-Khalil who are suffering daily attacks by extremist Jewish settlers trying to force the Palestinians to abandon their homes. They also wanted to show solidarity for the Ibrahimi Mosque which has recently been included by the occupation government on the list of Jewish heritage sites.

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