Palestinian Premier visits contested biblical site

Last Updated: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 09:40

Hebron: The Palestinian Premier has prayed at the traditional tomb of the biblical patriarch Abraham, asserting a Palestinian presence there after days of violence.

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad paid a rare visit on Friday to the site, which is holy to Jews and Muslims. Speaking to reporters after prayers, Fayyad accused Israel of "annexing" it.

Palestinians have been violently protesting in Hebron since Israel declared this week that it would add the Cave of Patriarchs to its list of national heritage sites.

Israel says its intention is only to preserve the ancient site. It promised that Muslims would still be free to worship there.

Palestinians who claim the West Bank for a future state see the move as an attempt by Israel to cement its presence there.


First Published: Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 09:40
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