Netanyahu limits access to the Temple Mount for Arabs, Hamas rises up: 'violates freedom of worship'

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Israel limits the entry of Arabs to the Temple Mount during Ramadan and Hamas speaks of “violation of freedom of worship”, inciting Palestinians to mobilize. At least 70 people were killed and several others injured in yesterday's Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip, according to the Wafa news agency. Damage to a merchant ship off the coast of Yemen. Today the EU launches the Aspides mission, against Houthi attacks on commercial vessels in the Red Sea and the Suez Canal.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accepted National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir's request to restrict the entry of Israeli Arabs to the Temple Mount/Mosque Mount complex during Ramadan, despite opposition from the Shin Bet. Hareetz writes it. The Israeli prime minister's office called Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to restrict the entry of Israeli Arabs to the Temple Mount/Mosque Mount during Ramadan “balanced” and said it “allows freedom of worship within the limits of security requirements determined by the security authorities”.

Hamas responded immediately, calling Israel's decision to limit Arab access to the Temple Mount/Mosque Mount during Ramadan “a violation of freedom of worship” and calling on Palestinians to “mobilize, to march and be present in the al-Aqsa mosque”, which is located in the religious complex of Jerusalem.

In a statement quoted by international media, the Islamist movement said that the Jewish State's move “indicates the occupation's intention to intensify its aggression against the al-Aqsa mosque during the month of Ramadan” and therefore appealed to Palestinians living in the “occupied territories”, in Jerusalem and in the West Bank “to reject this criminal decision and resist the arrogance of the occupation”.

The ruling group in the Gaza Strip also warned that limiting access to the mosque “will not happen without accountability.” A member of the Israeli Knesset, Ahmad Tibi, also called Netanyahu's decision to limit access to the al-Aqsa mosque a “blatant violation of freedom of worship.” In a statement shared on social media, Tibi described Netanyahu as a “prisoner” of “convicted terrorist Ben-Gvir” (Israel's Minister of National Security) and said that “it is time for President Biden to impose sanctions on Ben-Gvir himself.” Gvir”. Tibi added that “the ban on Muslims praying in mosques during the holy month of Ramadan deserves to be discussed at the United Nations.”

The Palestinian news agency Wafa says at least 70 people died and several others were injured in yesterday's Israeli shelling of the Gaza Strip. According to Wafa, the victims are mostly women and children. The raids particularly hit Nuseirat, Zawaida, Deir al-Balah, Khan Yunis and the city of Gaza. The latest toll provided by the Hamas-run Palestinian Ministry of Health speaks of at least 28,985 deaths and 68,883 injured in the Strip since 7 October.

Israel warns: 'hostages free by Ramadan or military operations in Rafah will continue'

Israeli forces will expand military operations in Rafah if hostages held by Hamas are not returned by the start of Ramadan, War Cabinet Minister Benny Gantz said. “The world and Hamas leaders must know that if our hostages are not home by Ramadan, fighting will continue in the Rafah area,” Gantz said yesterday at the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem. “We will do this in a coordinated manner, in dialogue with our American and Egyptian partners, to facilitate evacuations and minimize civilian casualties,” Gantz added.

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