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Hamas: Palestinians continue to defy Israel and protect Al-Aqsa

February 22, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Israeli police officers are seen in front of Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem on 14 January 2019 [Mostafa Alkharouf/Anadolu Agency]

The Israeli occupation cannot stop Palestinians from protecting Al-Aqsa Mosque no matter what obstacles they put in their way, Hamas said in a statement released today.

Highlighting the steadfastness of  the Palestinian people in the face of Israel’s violation of the Muslim holy site this week, Hamas said that “despite all the obstacles posed by the occupation, the threats and arrests”, “the red line” cannot be  attacked and Palestinians will come together to “defend” it.

Scores of Palestinians were injured in the occupied West Bank while taking part in protests against Israel’s increased security measures around the Al-Rahma Gate in the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. At the holy site, Palestinians were able to break the Israeli barriers and enter towards Al-Rahma Gate and pray there.

Palestinians can be seen praying at Al-Rahma Gate in Jerusalem on 22 February 2019 [Twitter]

In the besieged Gaza Strip, one Palestinian was killed and 24 were injured when occupation forces fired live rounds, bullet-coated metal bullets and tear gas at peaceful protesters taking part in the 48th week of the “Great March of Return” protests.