Hamas: Palestinians will not allow Israel to take over Al-Aqsa

Hamas: Palestinians will not allow Israel to take over Al-Aqsa

Palestinians hold banners and shout slogans during a protest against Israeli violations towards the al-Aqsa Mosque in Nablus, West Bank on 16 July, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]

Palestinians hold banners and shout slogans during a protest against Israeli violations towards the al-Aqsa Mosque in Nablus, West Bank on 16 July, 2017 [Nedal Eshtayah/Anadolu Agency]
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Chief of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh said yesterday that the Palestinians will never allow Israel to divide Al-Aqsa Mosque and impose its sovereignty over it, the Anadolu Agencyreported.

In a statement, Haniyeh described the latest Israeli measures in Jerusalem as “dangerous developments”.

“The Palestinian people and their resistance will never let these plans pass. Al-Aqsa Mosque is more valuable than our blood and souls.”

“Israel thought that Al-Aqsa Mosque would be alone as the Muslim world is involved in internal conflicts,” he added.

Haniyeh called on Arabs and Muslims to mobilise efforts to support Al-Aqsa Mosque and work hard to undermine the Israeli plans to dominate it.

#HandsOffAlAqsa

On Friday, three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen were killed in clashes which took place in the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque. Israel closed Al-Aqsa Mosque from Friday to Sunday and on Sunday it placed electronic detectors for Muslim worshipers to go through when they enter into the Mosque.

Palestinians have refused to pass through the detectors and instead, perform prayers in front of the gates leading to the mosque.

Read: Palestinians wounded in Israeli attack on worshippers near Al-Aqsa


Israeli measures at Al-Aqsa Mosque ‘damage tolerance’, insists Turkey

Israeli security forces set up metal detectors at the entrance of Al Aqsa Mosque after the Israeli authorities closed Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Saturday following a shootout that left five people dead, in Jerusalem on July 16, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]

Israeli security forces set up metal detectors at the entrance of Al Aqsa Mosque after the Israeli authorities closed Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa mosque compound on Saturday following a shootout that left five people dead, in Jerusalem on July 16, 2017 [Mostafa Alkharouf / Anadolu Agency]
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Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Friday that the “radical” Israeli measures at the gates of Al-Aqsa Mosque are provocative, noting they damage “tolerance” between civilisations and religions, it has been reported. After performing his Friday prayer in Istanbul, Yildirim told reporters that Israeli restrictions on access to the Noble Sanctuary would not solve any problems.

“Implementing these measures is wrong,” he insisted. “Taking such radical measures over a [perceived] terror threat, blocking or restricting Muslims’ access to Al-Aqsa Mosque, will not contribute to solving any problems.”

The prime minister pointed out that the issue of Al-Aqsa Mosque is sensitive to all Muslims all over the world. “I hope that in the near future everything will return to normal,” he added.

Israel army to Netanyahu: ‘Remove metal detectors from Al-Aqsa’

Israeli occupation police officers installed electronic metal detectors at the gates to Al-Aqsa Mosque compound after clashes there resulted in the death of three Palestinians and two Israeli policemen last week. Palestinian worshippers have been refusing to enter the mosque through the metal detectors, believing them to restrict their right to full and open access to the mosque, which is already threatened by the Israeli authorities.

According to the Turkish media, thousands of Turks took to the streets in several cities in protest against the Israeli measures at Al-Aqsa. A group of protesters gathered outside the Israeli Consulate in Istanbul where they chanted slogans denouncing Israel and promising to defend the sanctuary.

Follow the Live Blog: Day of Rage at Al-Aqsa Mosque


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