"We warn against harming the al-Aqsa mosque and warns of the consequences of the moves that the Israeli occupation authorities make," said Taher al-Nounou, spokesman for the deposed Hamas administration in Gaza.
"This could fly the whole region into a rage and provoke the feelings of all Muslims in the world," al-Nounou added.
Meanwhile, Sami Abu Zuhri, a spokesman for Hamas, said the continuation of excavations was "a dangerous Israeli escalation threatens the fate of the al-Aqsa mosque. "
Abu Zuhri also slammed the Palestinian Authority (PA) for not clearly announcing the suspension of peace talks in protest of the diggings.
"The negotiations provide a cover for the occupation to keep on its crimes," he said.
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