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Hamas refrains from rocket response to controversial Jerusalem march

Hamas has refrained from responding and even foiled attempts by other factions to launch rockets from Gaza toward Israel.
Demonstrators gather with Israeli flags at the Western Wall in the old city of Jerusalem on May 29, 2022, during the Israeli 'flags march' to mark "Jerusalem Day".

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — A senior security source from Hamas revealed to Al-Monitor that the movement’s field security forces in the Gaza Strip have foiled several attempts by various Palestinian factions — which he refused to name — from launching rockets toward Israeli cities and towns on May 29, in conjunction with Israel's flag march.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that Hamas’ security services had received orders from the movement’s political leadership to control the situation on the ground and not allow any resistance fighters to launch rockets at Israel, even if this required arresting them.

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