The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned the Jerusalem explosion that killed a woman and wounded dozens of people, while Hamas and Islamic Jihad welcomed it as a “natural response to Israeli crimes.”
The Hamas government, meanwhile, declared a state of emergency in the Gaza Strip in anticipation of a massive IDF response to the bombing and the recent spate of rocket and mortar attacks on Israel.
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Palestinian journalists in the Gaza Strip said that Hamas has evacuated most of
its civilian and security buildings in the Gaza Strip as part of its
Many Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders went into
hiding after closing their mobile phones, the journalists said.
President Mahmoud Abbas, who is on a visit to Moscow, condemned the Jerusalem
explosion, his office in Ramallah said, noting that he had also denounced the
killing of nine Palestinians in the Gaza Strip a day earlier by the
PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad said in a statement that he “strongly
condemns the terror attack in Jerusalem regardless of the identity of the
Referring to the possibility that Palestinians were behind
the attack, Fayyad said it would it be despicable if any Palestinian party was
involved, especially in light of the huge damage that such attacks have
inflicted on the Palestinians in the past.
Hamas representatives in the
Gaza Strip hailed the attack as a “natural response to Israeli crimes against
Ehab Ghissin, spokesman for the Hamas-controlled Interior
Ministry, said that his government has acted in accordance with an emergency
plan that envisages a massive IDF strike in the Gaza Strip.
He said that
in line with the plan, Hamas evacuated security installations throughout the
Gaza Strip out of fear that they could be targeted by Israeli
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that Israeli threats to
retaliate in response to the terror attacks don’t scare his movement or the
Hamas officials in the Gaza Strip said that the movement
has asked Egypt to intervene with Israel to prevent a military confrontation.
The officials added that Egyptian authorities were in contact with Hamas and
Israel to avoid another war.