The Palestinian Authority’s official Wafa news agency reported on Tuesday that dozens of "settlers" had "invaded" the Al-Aqsa Mosque under protection of the Israel Police.
According to the report, the Jewish visitors entered the Temple Mount in groups, one after the other, conducted "provocative" tours of the site and held religious worship ceremonies.
Muhammad Hamada, spokesman for Hamas in Jerusalem, said that "the insistence of hordes of settlers to continue desecrating the courtyards of the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, and to perform religious ceremonies and Talmudic prayers in its courtyards, is dangerous aggression towards and a blatant violation of its sanctity."
Hamada accused the Israeli authorities of providing protection to the "hordes of settlers" and of securing their "invasions" of the Al-Aqsa Mosque, noting they bear full responsibility for this "aggression".
In this context, Hamada issued a threat to Israel and said, "The sword of Jerusalem (the armed resistance) will remain raised, and the young rebels in Jerusalem and the West Bank will remain bound by an oath and a quick response to any aggression."
He called on the Palestinian Arab public in Jerusalem, in Israel and in Judea and Samaria to strengthen the Muslim presence at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in order to prevent Israel from making unilateral decisions involving the mosque.