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Hamas urges turnout at Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem Day: ‘Thwart the occupation’s plans’

Palestinians chant pro-Hamas slogans following Eid al-Fitr prayers in front of a banner supporting the terror group at the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on May 2, 2022. (Jamal Awad/Flash90
Palestinians chant pro-Hamas slogans following Eid al-Fitr prayers in front of a banner supporting the terror group at the Al-Aqsa Mosque atop the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on May 2, 2022. (Jamal Awad/Flash90

The Hamas terror group calls for Palestinians to head to Al-Aqsa Mosque at dawn on Jerusalem Day “to thwart the occupation’s plans.”

“We warn the leaders of the occupation against any miscalculations in Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa. We reiterate that we are proceeding with all strength, determination and certainty in defending our Jerusalem,” Hamas says.

The anniversary is expected to see high tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. Israeli nationalists are set to march through the Muslim Quarter in the capital’s Old City. Some are separately planning to ascend to the flashpoint Temple Mount.

Palestinian terror groups have threatened that they will not allow Israeli “provocations” to go by unanswered.

“We will not allow the violation of Al-Aqsa or thuggery in the streets of Jerusalem,” Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech commemorating last year’s 11-day war earlier this week.

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