Head of Hamas Political Bureau Ismail Haniyeh has continued his political efforts to push for an end to assaults and provocations by the Israeli occupation at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied Jerusalem.
Haniyeh has phoned senior Egyptian intelligence officials to address the grave situation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, escalated by the Israeli occupation which broke into and attacked Palestinian worshippers inside the Muslim sacred site.
Stressing that the Palestinian people and the Muslim world will not allow Israeli schemes targeting the Al-Aqsa Mosque to pass, Haniyeh warned of the consequences of such practices, for which the Israeli occupation solely shall be held responsible.
The Hamas chief, meanwhile, received a phone call from Tor Wennesland, the UN secretary-general’s Middle East envoy, who called on all parties to work on containing the situation in the holy city.
Wennesland affirmed that the UN is exerting strenuous efforts to de-escalate the situation, particularly at the Al-Aqsa compound.
Restating the necessity for the UN not to provide a cover for aggressive Israeli practices at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Haniyeh demanded that Palestinian worshippers be allowed free access to the mosque and not be attacked by Israeli occupation forces and all Palestinians who were detained in and around the mosque to be released.
Haniyeh also called for an end to plans by extremist Israeli settlers to perform the "Passover" sacrifice at the Al-Aqsa compound and to end all raids and assassinations by the Israeli occupation army across the occupied West Bank, particularly in Jenin.