Hamas' Haniyeh warns Israel following violent Ramadan raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque

Hamas' Haniyeh warns Israel following violent Ramadan raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh has warned Israel that Palestinians will respond following an attack on the Al-Aqsa Mosque that left over 150 people injured.
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15 April, 2022
Almost 400 Palestinians were arrested by Israeli forces at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Friday [Getty]

Hamas politburo chief Ismail Haniyeh warned Israel on Friday after its dawn raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, which left over 150 Palestinians injured.

A statement from Hamas said Haniyeh was undertaking political efforts to halt Israeli raids on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.

Over 400 Palestinians were arrested in the Friday morning raid.

The Gaza-based Islamist group said that Haniyeh had urged Egyptian intelligence officials to look into Israel's raid on Friday, which was the first major escalation at the holy site since the beginning of Ramadan.

Haniyeh also received a call from the UN's Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Tor Wennesland, who urged all parties to contain the situation.

During the call, the Hamas leader called on the UN to pressure Israel to end harassment of worshippers in the Al-Aqsa Mosque, to free the Palestinians arrested on Friday and in other recent raids, and to prevent provocative Jewish sacrifices taking place in the Al-Aqsa compound.

He also said the UN should press Israel to end its deadly operations in Jenin and the wider West Bank.

Haniyeh added that Palestinians will continue to confront Israel's incursions.

Following the dawn raid on the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Israeli forces positioned on top of buildings fired rubber bullets after Friday prayers, a correspondent for The New Arab's Arabic-language service reported.

Dozens of Palestinians were also injured by Israeli forces at Friday prayer gatherings around the occupied West Bank, where rallies in solidarity with the Al-Aqsa worshippers were taking place.