Hamas on Sunday condemned Israeli security forces for entering the Temple Mount compound to neutralized dozens of masked Palestinian youth had set up barricades and took up arms overnight on the contested holy site in order to attack police and Jewish visitors on Tisha Be'av.
Hamas published a statement from the group's spokesman Sami Abi Zuhri, calling the Israeli response to Palestinian rioting "a dangerous escalation."
Despite the assailant's decision to stage the riots on the Temple Mount complex, the Hamas spokesman stated that the Palestinian people and leadership would "not stand idly by while the Israeli assaults on sanctities continue."
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