Hamas calls for Palestinian ‘mobilization’ ahead of Friday’s Al-Aqsa prayers


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Hamas calls for Palestinian ‘mobilization’ ahead of Friday’s Al-Aqsa prayers
In phone call with Russian FM, terror group’s leader hails Moscow for support; Lavrov reportedly condemns Israel’s ‘excessive’ force in Jerusalem clashes
By TOI staff
21 April 2022

The Hamas terror group on Thursday called on Palestinians to “mobilize” for Friday prayers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque, in defense of the holy site and Jerusalem. In a statement, the organization hailed the steadfastness of protesters who “repelled the incursions of the occupation and its settlers with courage and pride, assuring everyone far and wide that Al-Aqsa has men who protect it and defend its purity, despite the ugliness of aggression and terrorism of the occupiers.”

At the same time, Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh held a phone call with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on security developments in the Gaza Strip and Jerusalem, his office said. According to the Palestinian Shehab news agency, Haniyeh expressed appreciation for Moscow’s support of Palestinian rights at the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The head of the terror group accused Israel of preventing worshipers from reaching the Jerusalem holy site, assaulting and arresting worshipers and vandalizing property.

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