Israel triggered current crisis by raiding Al-Aqsa: Top Hamas figure

The head of Hamas’ diaspora office said on Friday that the Israeli forces, by breaking into Jerusalem’s flashpoint Al-Aqsa Mosque and its continued threat to expel Palestinian families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, has triggered the current crisis.

“The struggle against the Israeli occupation is for national rights, top of which to liberate our occupied land,” Khaled Meshaal said in a televised interview for TRT Arabic.

He said no one could deprive the Palestinian people of their right to resist the Israeli occupation.

Meshaal also confirmed that there are ongoing efforts by Egypt, Turkey, Qatar, and the US to contain the escalation between Gaza and Israel.

He added that the groups of Palestinian resistance in Gaza have warned the Israeli authorities to end its assaults in Jerusalem before moving to respond to the Israeli violations in Jerusalem.

Israel continues to carry out raids and shelling on Gaza, where 126 Palestinians, including 31 children and 20 women, have so far been killed, in addition to around 920 injuries.

In the occupied West Bank, a total of 10 Palestinians were killed on Friday as the Israeli forces clashed with them to disperse their rallies that were held in support of Gaza.

To date, nine Israelis have been killed in the recent violence — eight of them in rocket attacks in addition to a soldier killed when an anti-tank guided missile struck his jeep.

Source: Anadolu Agency