Hamas warns Israel against digging beneath al-Aqsa mosque

Hamas on Tuesday warned Israel against harming the al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem following reports that the Israeli authorities resumed excavations beneath the Muslim's third holiest site.

Hamas warns Israel against digging beneath al-Aqsa mosque
"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.

Agencies
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