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Hamas warns of a “great battle” against Israel


The head of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, warned on Saturday of the possibility of a “big battle” against Israel in case of a new “aggression” of Israeli forces in the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, reports AFP.

In recent weeks, the esplanade of the mosques in Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam and the holiest site of Judaism known as the Temple Mount, has been the scene of clashes.

Nearly 300 Palestinians have been injured in the Al-Aqsa area following anti-Israel attacks and Israeli army operations in the occupied West Bank.

During the clashes, Israeli police were deployed on the esplanade and even broke into the Al-Aqsa Mosque once, firing tear gas, prompting condemnation from Palestinians and Muslim countries.

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“The one who decides to repeat this action will make the decision to destroy thousands of synagogues around the world,” Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas’ political bureau in the Gaza Strip, said in a speech, according to agerpres.ro.

Hamas threatens specter of “big battle” against Israel if Al-Aqsa Mosque attack is stopped

“You should prepare for a major battle if the occupation (Palestinian name given to Israel – no.) Continues to attack the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he added.

This rare speech was made on the occasion of the one-year anniversary, according to the Muslim calendar, of the 11-day war of May 2021, between Israel and Hamas.

He also paid tribute to Iran, Israel’s main enemy, and to Islamic-backed movements, including Lebanese Hezbollah, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Yemeni Houthi rebels.

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In the event of an “aggression” on the mosque esplanade on “Jerusalem Day”, Hamas will launch more than a thousand missiles at Israel, Sinwar also threatened.

Scheduled for the end of May this year, this event in Israel marks the conquest of the Palestinian part of the Holy City in 1967.

By virtue of a historic status quo, Muslims are allowed to pray on the esplanade, located in the Palestinian part of Jerusalem annexed by Israel, while non-Muslims can travel here at specific times, but without praying..

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