Palestinian terror group Hamas warns Israel it will react to any potential “violations” at Jerusalem’s flashpoint Temple Mount site during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, issues the warning less than two weeks before the start of Ramadan and amid an escalation in violence and terror attacks.
Salah al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, says the risk of escalation entirely “depends on the Israeli occupation’s violations across Palestine and at Al-Aqsa Mosque” — the Muslim name of the Temple Mount compound, the holiest site in Judaism and the third-holiest to Muslims.
Any Israeli attempt to “impose” its policies during Ramadan would be met with the “reaction of our people,” Arouri says in remarks carried by his movement’s official website.
Hamas, meanwhile, has no plans to initiate an escalation during Ramadan, according to the English-language version of Arouri’s remarks, although such a clarification does not appear in the Arabic version.