Hamas refuses to agree to calm, threatens new escalation

Israel National News reports: “Egypt and Qatar are continuing their efforts to mediate between Israel and Hamas in an attempt to prevent a deterioration into a new round of fighting, but Hamas is not ready to commit to this and is warning of an imminent military escalation.

The Lebanon-based Al-Akhbar newspaper, which is affiliated with Hezbollah, reported on Wednesday, citing sources in Hamas, that the group’s leaders conveyed a message to Egypt which stated that Hamas ‘will not stand idly by in a situation where the enemy crosses the red lines’ and warned that ‘the situation in Gaza will not enter a state of calm as long as the occupation continues with its crimes in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem.’

Hamas stated that it ‘supervises and monitors what is happening in occupied Jerusalem, the attempt by the occupation to divide the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the removal (of activists) from it, the attack on the worshipers coming from the West Bank, the Judaization plans and the demolition of the homes of the residents of Jerusalem’, noting that it will not turn a blind eye to these attacks, and that the continuation of this policy ‘will lead to the outbreak of a new military conflict’…”

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