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Hamas' attacks on Israel also aimed at Palestinian Authority

Hamas fires rockets at Israel in response to the violence in Jerusalem, while Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas seems relegated to the sidelines.
Rockets are launched towards Israel from Rafah, in the south of the Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 12, 2021.

The situation in the Gaza Strip has snowballed into a full-blown military confrontation between Hamas and Israel, following Israeli provocations in Jerusalem, namely the increasing settler incursions into the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and Israeli pressure on the Palestinians of Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood to evacuate their homes, claiming they are not their legal owners.

It all started when Mohammed al-Deif, the commander of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ military wing, made a brief statement on May 5 threatening Israel and warning it against evicting the residents of the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood. Then Israeli security forces undertook a raid on Al-Aqsa Mosque. This prompted Hamas on May 10 to fire rockets at Jerusalem for the first time since the 2014 war.

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