At least one person could be seen thrown to the ground and kicked by Israeli forces. It was not immediately clear what had triggered the violence.
Sheikh Hefzy Abu Sneina, director of the mosque, told Anadolu news agency that the Palestinians have responded to the invitation of the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs to pray at the mosque in defiance of Israel’s plans to go. the front with a construction plan that would modify some of its characteristics.
On Monday, Israel’s Defense Ministry announced that it had launched a project in the mosque’s courtyards to build a road directly connecting the parking lot to the mosque and install an electric elevator.
Palestinians see the construction as a way to take over the entire site – which is divided into separate Jewish and Muslim areas – for Jewish visitors.
On Thursday, the Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs announced the closure of all mosques in the city of Hebron and asked worshipers to perform Friday prayers at the Ibrahimi Mosque as a “denunciation” of the occupation. Israeli.
Abu Sneina said that accepting the invitation to perform Friday prayers in the mosque “shows the affiliation of Muslims to the Ibrahimi Mosque”.
Before the influx of worshipers into the mosque, the IDF added forces to its entrances, laying iron berms in the courtyard and verifying the identity of worshipers and journalists.
A witness told Anadolu that Israeli forces allowed worshipers to enter the mosque one by one, resulting in a congestion of the pre-existing barriers leading to the religious site.
Prayers in the mosque are usually subject to strict security restrictions as worshipers must pass several barriers and electronic gates before reaching the stairs leading to the place of prayer.
The holy place is revered by Jews and Muslims as the burial place of religious patriarchs. Jews revere the site as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, while Muslims call it the Ibrahimi Mosque, after Patriarch Abraham.
The site has been divided into Jewish and Muslim prayer areas shortly after a settler opened fire on Muslim worshipers at the shrine in 1994, killing 29 people and injuring more than 100 others.
Hebron is a frequent flashpoint between settlers and Palestinians.
More than 200,000 Palestinians live in the city, as well as several hundred ultra-nationalist Israeli settlers who live in the city center in heavily fortified enclaves protected by the military.
Israel captured the West Bank in the Middle East War in 1967 and established dozens of illegal settlements where nearly 500,000 settlers reside.
The Palestinians want the West Bank to be part of their future state and see the illegal settlements as a major obstacle to resolving the conflict.