Hamas says Israeli provocations in al Aqsa threaten continuation of ”calm”
Israeli police forces clashed with Palestinians near Al-Aqsa mosque Monday morning. El-Sheikh Adnan El-Husseni, the head of the mosque told RNA that a number of Israeli policemen moved into Al-Aqsa mosque early Monday, while escorting Jews, who visited the mosque area. They were faced by scores of Muslims, who were praying at the mosque.
Israeli police used several stun grenades toward the Palestinian stone throwers near the entrance gate to the compound. At least one Palestinian and two Jews were wounded. In less than an hour, relative calm had been restored in the area.
Hours after the clashes, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called on the Israeli government and international community to stop the "dangerous and unjustified violations of Jewish extremists, with Israeli Police protection," against al-Aqsa Mosque.
On his part, Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman of the Islamic Resistance Movement "Hamas" emphasized on Monday that the Movement will not watch the Israeli attacks on Al-Aqsa silently. Abu Zuhri said in an interview with RNA: "This is a dangerous development in the Israeli aggression on our Palestinian people and our holy sites. We in Hamas movement will not watch this aggression on Al-Aqsa and our people silently".
The Hamas spokesman called the Palestinian people to alert and defend Al-Aqsa and the holy sites from the Jewish extremists.
Concerning the commitment of the Palestinian factions to the calm, Abu Zuhri said: "This aggression against the Palestinian people and Al-Aqsa empty the calm from its content. We reapeatedly said in Hamas movement that we will face any aggression against our people or holy sites with suitable means and on the suitable time".
Early Monday Israeli Extremists supported by Israeli Special Forces attacked Al-Aqsa mosque, the attackers were Faced by Tens of muslims who were at the mosque and clashes between the two sides errupted..
Israeli forces detained at least one Palestinian in these clashes, witnesses said.
Some Jewish extremist organizations announced last month their intention to enter Al-Aqsa on June 6th to mark what they call as "Jerusalem Day." Muslim clerics have recently warned of attempts by Jews to enter, in some instances even harm, this holy site.