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Hamas gains popularity in Jerusalem amid ongoing violence

Hamas’ popularity has increased during the recent escalation of violence in Jerusalem, in addition to its role as a political player in the region.
Supporters of the Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad groups rally after Friday prayers in Khan Yunis.

RAMALLAH, West Bank — As soon as Friday’s prayer at Al-Aqsa Mosque, where some 150,000 Palestinians took part, was over on April 22, the crowds marched in the courtyards of the mosque. Hamas’ flag was predominantly present, pointing to the movement’s wide popularity in Jerusalem.

The Palestinian protesters who took part in the mass rally near Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem chanted slogans in favor of the Palestinian armed factions and their leaders, namely Mohammed al-Deif, commander of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas' military wing. 

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