Mar 19, 2023 14:03 UTC
  • Hamas: Israel plans ‘religious war’, seeks to turn al-Quds into barracks in Ramadan

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has said the Israeli regime is fearful of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan amid growing anti-occupation outrage in the Palestinian territories, warning that the illegal entity plans to wage a “religious war” against the al-Aqsa Mosque and the occupied al-Quds.

Mohammed Hamada, a spokesman for Hamas, was cited by Palestine’s Shehab news agency as making the comment following weeks-long Israeli-provoked tensions and violent raids in the Palestinian towns and cities ahead of Ramadan.

“The occupation fears the month of Ramadan with all its details, and is turning the city of al-Quds into a military barracks to control it,” Hamada said.

Stressing that the Israeli regime is “pushing towards a religious war against al-Aqsa Mosque and al-Quds,” the Hamas spokesman said the areas of the Moroccan Gate, also known as the Mughrabi Gate, and al-Buraq Wall (the Western Wall) are among the “most sensitive and dangerous” places for the illegal entity.

“Our people will not allow the occupation to attack the blessed al-Aqsa Mosque, and that the aggression against al-Aqsa Mosque is a detonator that could explode at any moment,” Hamada added.

The Hamas official said the Tel Aviv regime is waging a campaign of arrests and deportations in order to judaize the occupied al-Quds and bears full responsibility for the barbaric aggression against the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Salah al-Aruri, deputy head of the Hamas political bureau, warned Israel on Tuesday against “violations” at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan amid renewed tensions in the occupied territories.