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Israel’s violations of al-Aqsa Mosque will have dire consequences: Hamas

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Two women gesture as Israeli police stand guard outside the al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds’ Old City, September 30, 2021. (File photo by AFP)

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has warned Israel of dire consequences if the regime does not end recurrent violation of the holy al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

In a statement released on Sunday, Hamas spokesman Mohamed Hamada denounced Israel’s attempts to obstruct maintenance and restoration work at the Mosque’s premises, calling on al-Quds people to further frequent the Mosque under these circumstances.

Hamas also censured Israel’s aggression against Islamic Awqaf officials and employees of the Islamic Awqaf in the holy city.

It is a regular thing for Israeli legislators and settlers to provocatively intrude into the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, infuriating the Palestinians. Such mass settler break-ins almost always take place at the behest of Tel Aviv-backed temple groups and under the auspices of the Israeli police in al-Quds.

In October 2021, an Israeli court upheld a ban on Jewish prayers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound, after an earlier decision by a lower court stirred outrage among various Palestinians and across the Muslim world.

In May the same year, frequent acts of violence against Palestinian worshipers at al-Aqsa Mosque led to an 11-day war between Palestinian resistance groups in the besieged Gaza Strip and the Israeli regime, during which the regime killed at least 260 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Palestinians want the occupied West Bank as part of their future independent state and view al-Quds’ eastern sector as the capital of their future sovereign state.

Demolition of mosques by Israelis is also commonplace across the Palestinian land. The United Nations has reported a 21-percent increase in the number of Palestinian structures that were confiscated or destroyed last year.  The Palestinian Ministry of Endowment and Religious Affairs has time and again condemned the Israeli regime over the matter, describing the move as a “clear attack on the holy sites and religious places for Muslims.”

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