The heads of the militant factions in Gaza on Tuesday blasted Israel over the measures it took in the wake of last week’s terror attack at the Temple Mount, saying that its "aggression" on the Al-Aqsa Mosque would be "the spark that ignites the entire region", i24news reports.
A statement delivered by the factions during a joint press conference said that "we will not allow the cowardly occupation to take control of Al-Aqsa."
"The occupation must know that violations against Al-Aqsa will cost the occupation more than it can afford. We are continuing preparing for the battle to liberate and cleanse Al-Aqsa Mosque," they added, according to i24news.
"Aggression on Al-Aqsa Mosque will be the spark that ignites the entire region. We will have the upper hand and the stronger say if the occupation continues with its plans at Al-Aqsa Mosque," they warned.
The comments follow Israel’s decision, following Friday’s attack in which two Druze police officers were murdered, to place magnetometers (advanced metal detectors which are selective in which metals they react to) and additional security cameras around the entrances to the holy site.
The new security measures prompted an outcry from the Jordanian Waqf and the Jordanian government, which demanded a return to the status quo.
Earlier on Tuesday, Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Rami Hamdallah blasted Israel over the recent goings on in Jerusalem, saying that Israel, as the “occupying power”, is responsible for the current escalation in Jerusalem and the Al-Aqsa Mosque.