The Old City and Market of Hebron
The Old City and Market of Al Khalil (Hebron) is a thruway to the Ibrahimi Mosque (Muslim), also known as, the Cave of the Patriarchs (Jewish). The shrine is sacred to Muslims, Christians and Jews as the traditional burial-place of Abraham and Sarah; Isaac and Rebekah; Jacob and Leah.
Since 1997 Hebron has been divided into two sections: the Palestinian-controlled H1 which comprises 80% of the city, and the IDF-controlled H2 which includes the Cave of the Patriarchs. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) control access to the mosque through a series of turnstiles and checkpoints.
Many Palestinians have shuttered their businesses and left the area.