Sunday, June 13, 2021

Hamas Warns Of War Over Israeli Actions In Jerusalem

Ahead of flag march, Hamas warns of war over Israeli actions in Jerusalem

Senior Hamas official Moussa Abu Marzouk said that “striking all of Israel’s cities” is still an option for the terror group in response to Israeli actions in Jerusalem or other locations, the Kan public broadcaster reported Sunday.

The warning from Marzouk, a member of Hamas’s politburo, came just ahead of a contentious march by Jewish right-wing nationalists scheduled to be held through parts of Jerusalem’s Old City.

Marzouk cautioned that if “the enemy” carries out “its usual activities” in Jerusalem and other places, “our decision is already made that it is possible the war will return,” according to the report.

The original parade, known as the flag march, was stopped short on May 10 by rocket fire from Hamas at Jerusalem, which sparked an 11-day bout of intense fighting between Israel and Gaza-based terror groups.

Since the fighting ended, Hamas has repeatedly warned it could reopen hostilities over developments in Jerusalem.

Police expect only a few thousand people to participate in Tuesday march, Kan said.

Final approval for the police operation to secure the march will be decided by newly installed Public Security Minister Omer Barlev on his first day on the job, Monday, pending confirmation of a new government the day before.

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