Jun 24, 2022 13:22 UTC
  • Hamas calls for immediate halt to Israeli excavations at al-Aqsa Mosque

The Palestinian resistance movement Hamas has taken strong exception to Israeli excavations at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound in the occupied Old City of al-Quds, calling for an immediate halt to it.

According to Press TV, in a statement on Thursday, the Gaza-based resistance movement said the excavation work in the vicinity of the al-Aqsa Mosque poses a serious threat to the mosque compound.

“The continued excavations being carried out by the Zionist occupation authorities in the areas of the Buraq Wall (also known as the Western Wall) and Umayyad Palace pose a direct threat to the foundations and walls of the sacred al-Aqsa Mosque, and are an attempt to obliterate the Islamic and historical identities of the city of al-Quds,” read the statement.

It further warned the apartheid regime of full responsibility for “repercussions of such serious violations”, while seeking the intervention of global organizations.

“We call on the Arab League, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Kingdom of Jordan which has the custodianship of the al-Aqsa Mosque to urgently stop these malicious colonial schemes and protect al-Quds and al-Aqsa Mosque.”

In recent months, Hamas has repeatedly warned that any Israeli attempt to seize al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Old City of al-Quds will have “damaging consequences” for Tel Aviv.

Earlier this month, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Israel has failed to establish any historical link with the city of Jerusalem al-Quds despite continuous excavations of sacred sites there.

“Fifty-five years of excavations and tunnel digging did not prove that there is a temple in the city,” Shtayyeh told a conference titled ‘Property Documentation and the Historical Status of the Holy Al-Aqsa Mosque’ in the central West Bank city of al-Bireh on June 8.

He emphasized the importance of such conferences to strengthen the Palestinian narrative and thwart the Tel Aviv regime’s systematic distortion of facts and attempts to disguise the Arab, Muslim and Christian identities of the city.

The al-Aqsa Mosque compound, which sits just above the Western Wall plaza, houses both the Dome of the Rock and al-Aqsa Mosque.