GAZA/RAMALLAH, West Financial institution: Gaza’s ruling Hamas militants known as on Palestinians to stand up on Friday (Oct 13) in protest at Israel’s bombardment of the enclave, urging Palestinians to march to East Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque and conflict with Israeli troops within the occupied West Financial institution.
Israel has been pounding Gaza with air strikes and artillery fire in retaliation for a Hamas rampage in Israel this week that has killed at the very least 1,300 individuals, the deadliest assault on civilians in Israeli historical past.
Greater than 1,500 Palestinians have been killed.
The Gaza violence has reignited tensions in East Jerusalem and within the West Financial institution, the place Israeli troops have killed at the very least 34 Palestinians throughout clashes for the reason that Saturday Hamas attack, in accordance with Palestinian officers.
In a press release calling for a “basic mobilisation,” Hamas urged Palestinians to protest within the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound – one of many Center East’s most risky holy websites – and keep there all through Friday, when Muslims maintain massive weekly prayers.
The compound is Islam’s third holiest aspect after Mecca and Medina and essentially the most sacred to Jews, who confer with it because the Temple Mount. Clashes on the compound helped set off an 11-day Israel-Gaza warfare in Might 2021.
Hamas urged Palestinians within the West Financial institution to “exhibit, mobilise and conflict” with Israeli troops and settlers.
Israel’s navy, which has additionally traded blows in current days with militants over its northern border in Syria and Lebanon, had no instant remark.