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Hamas leader calls on Muslims to ‘defend’ Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa mosque

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Source: rt.com

Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal has urged Muslims to “defend” the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem after Israeli forces restricted the entrance for Palestinians. He accused Israel of trying to seize the site, which is considered holy for both Muslims and Jews.

“We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aqsa to defend it,” Meshaal said in a statement from Doha, Qatar.

“We call on the nation to be angry and to send a message of painful anger to the world that the Palestinian people, the Arab and Muslim nation, will not be silent at the Israeli crime,” Meshaal added.

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Hamas leader: ‘Israelis are playing games’

Senior Hamas leader Osama Hamdan says that any ceasefire with Israel must include lifting the siege on Gaza.

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‘We are ready to defend our people until we achieve what we are asking for,’ the Hamas leader told Al Jazeera [AFP]

Source: http://www.aljazeera.com/

As Israel’s assault on Gaza enters its third week, the latest round of diplomatic efforts has yielded a 12-hour truce which both Israel and Palestinian resistance factions agreed to commit to. US Secretary of State John Kerry has said that he hopes the break in fighting will be extended to a seven-day ceasefire.

More than 980 Palestinians have been killed since the war in Gaza began, while protests and more clashes have now spread to the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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