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Palestinian Hamas Claims Responsibility For West Bank Deadly Shooting -By ASC


Hamas said Friday’s shooting was in response to “brutal incursions against the Al-Aqsa mosque. (File)

Gaza City, Palestine:

The Islamic movement Hamas that rules the Gaza Strip said on Monday they were behind a recent attack that killed an Israeli in the West Bank, linking it to tensions in Jerusalem.

A Hamas statement said the Al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the militant movement, took “full responsibility” for the shooting of an Israeli guard on Friday at the Ariel settlement that left 23-year-old Vyacheslav Golev dead.

The Hamas claim was made two days after the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, one of the main militant groups present in the West Bank operating under the ruling Fatah party, took responsibility for the attack.

But Palestinian sources told AFP that two armed Palestinian suspects arrested on Saturday in a village near Qarawat Bani Hassan were allied with Hamas.

Friday’s attack was in response to “Israel’s brutal aggression against the blessed Al-Aqsa mosque and congregation”, a Hamas statement said.

At least 42 people were injured in clashes that erupted earlier between Palestinians and Israeli police in the grounds of the Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, on the last Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.

The mosque grounds are located east of Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War, along with the West Bank, and later annexed, in a move not recognized by most of the international community.

Violence in east Jerusalem has raised concerns about another armed conflict similar to last year’s 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, partly triggered by similar unrest in Al-Aqsa.

Palestinian Muslims have been furious with the increase in Jewish visits to the compound, where by old convention Jews can visit but are not allowed to pray.

In a speech Saturday, Yahya Sinwar, head of Hamas in Gaza, said that further deployment of Israeli troops inside mosques would lead not only to rocket attacks on Israel but also to the destruction of “thousands of synagogues around the world”.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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