Hamas threatens new escalation if Israeli settlers hold Jerusalem rally

AFP , Monday 7 Jun 2021

Senior Hamas figure Khalil al-Hayya warned the Israeli occupation authorities against letting the march approach east Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday

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Senior Hamas official Khalil al-Hayya (C) takes part in a conference on Palestinian civil society in Gaza City, on June 7, 2021. AFP

A top Hamas official on Monday warned of renewed violence if right-wing pro-settler organisations hold a controversial march Thursday in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

"We warn the occupation (Israel) against letting the march approach east Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday," senior Hamas figure Khalil al-Hayya said.

"We hope the message is clear so that Thursday doesn't become (a new) May 10," he said, in reference to the start of last month's 11-day Israeli aggression against the Palestinian in the Gaza Strip.

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