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Israel targets Hamas leader after call to attack Israelis with 'cleaver, ax or knife'

Israel may be targeting Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar following the ax attack in the central city of Elad.
Yahya Sinwar, head of the political wing of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, speaks during a meeting in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, April 30, 2022.

In his speech April 30 at Hamas’ annual ceremony celebrating the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in the presence of Palestinian armed factions’ leaders, political leaders, women, and youth and tribal groups, Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar was seen standing in front of a photo of Israeli forces storming the courtyard of Al-Aqsa Mosque April 15. 

On that Friday, Israeli forces fired tear gas and rubber bullets at Palestinian crowds inside the mosque in Jerusalem, and arrested 470 people, as they attempted to clear the courtyards from Palestinian worshippers to allow Israeli settlers to enter and hold Passover. 

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