Gazans said to ready rockets, Israelis prepare shelters ahead of Jerusalem Day march


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Gazans said to ready rockets, Israelis prepare shelters ahead of Jerusalem Day march
Israel adamant Sunday’s parade will proceed as planned through the Muslim Quarter, won’t let terror groups ‘set the agenda’; Hamas, PA urge Palestinians to defend Al-Aqsa Mosque
By TOI staff
26 May 2022

Palestinian terror groups in Gaza on Thursday were said to be readying rocket launchers to fire at Israel if it holds a highly charged nationalist march through the Muslim Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City as scheduled on Sunday. Israel insisted that the march would indeed go ahead as planned, and would be routed through the Muslim Quarter as in the past.

With tensions soaring ahead of the march, which led to an 11-day Israel-Gaza war when it was held last year, both the Hamas and Islamic Jihad terror groups also put their armed wings on high alert, Israeli and Palestinian media sources reported. At the same time, the Al-Quds Palestinian daily said the Gaza groups are not interested in being drawn into a conflict at this time, as it would disrupt work to rehabilitate Gaza from last year’s fighting with Israel.

Nonetheless, Channel 12 news said Hamas had fired four rockets into the sea off Gaza as a pointed message. And a joint statement issued after a meeting of armed Palestinian groups in Gaza warned that Sunday’s Jerusalem Day Flag March was “a powder keg that will explode the whole area… All options are on the table to struggle against the Israeli criminals.”

Hamas also urged Palestinians to head to the contested Temple Mount — the holiest place in Judaism, and site of Islam’s third-holiest shrine — on Jerusalem Day “to thwart the occupation’s plans.” The Flag March does not enter the Temple Mount area.



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