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Hamas makes demands of Israel to prevent escalation in Gaza

Hamas has made four demands of Israel in an effort to contain the violence at Al-Aqsa Mosque and in the West Bank.
This aerial view shows supporters of the Palestinian Hamas movement rallying after Friday prayers, in Jabalia in the northern Gaza Strip, to show solidarity with Palestinians confronting Israeli forces at the AL-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem, on April 22, 2022.

Hamas’ political chief Ismail Haniyeh said in an April 15 press statement that the resistance group would retaliate should Israeli settlers’ attacks continue in Al-Aqsa Mosque, saying it would “defend Al-Aqsa at all costs” and outlined four demands for Israel:

  • allow worshipers to access Al-Aqsa Mosque freely and not attack them inside the holy site
  • release the detainees arrested at April 15 as well as those arrested earlier
  • prevent any animal sacrifices inside the mosque, in reference to threats by extremist Jewish groups to carry out sacrifices at the mosque compound
  • end the assassinations in Jenin, the nearby camp and throughout the West Bank

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