GAZA STRIP (Dispatches) – The Palestinian Hamas resistance movement has warned the Zionist regime against violations at al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds.
The warning was issued by Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’ armed wing al-Qassam Brigades, in a short text message, where he held the regime fully responsible for the continuing violations at the mosque.
"What happens at the al-Aqsa Mosque, whether attacks, provocations or dangerous practices against worshippers, will be a cause for an explosion in the face of the occupation,” Obeida said.
"Our patience won’t last too long,” he added.
The al-Aqsa Mosque compound sits just above the Western Wall plaza and houses both the Dome of the Rock and the al-Aqsa Mosque.
During the past year, particularly during the recent months, Zionist settlers and hard-line legislators, under tight military protection, have regularly stormed the compound to perform their religious rituals.
The provocative move infuriates Palestinians, who are almost always barred from having access to the complex during these contested visitations.
Many of the Knesset members are right-wing extremists, who support the demolition of the Islamic site in order to build a Jewish temple instead.
The Jewish visitation of al-Aqsa is permitted but according to an agreement signed between the Zionist regime and the Jordanian government after the regime’s occupation of East al-Quds in 1967; non-Muslim worship at the compound is prohibited.
Last month, Zionist troops repeatedly stormed the compound and the Bab al-Rahma and prevented Muslim worshipers from gaining access to the mosque and its premises.
According to the Palestine Information Center, hundreds of violations have taken place last month in al-Quds, including home demolitions, Jewish settlers’ break-ins at the compound, and police arrests and assaults against Palestinians.