Khaled Meshaal calls on Palestinians to defend al-Aqsa

By REUTERS
October 16, 2014 19:39

 
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The leader of the Palestinian group Hamas on Thursday called on Muslims to defend the al-Aksa mosque compound in Jerusalem, saying Israel was trying to seize the site, revered in Islam and Judaism and focus of a Palestinian uprising in 2000.

Khaled Meshaal, speaking in the Qatari capital Doha where he lives in exile, said: "We call on all our people inside the country to hurry up to al-Aksa to defend it."

Meshaal said the Israeli government was taking advantage of Arab preoccupation with regional turmoil, particularly in Syria and Iraq, to try to take over al-Aksa, the third holiest shrine in Islam which is also revered by Jews as the former site of a Biblical temple.

"We call on the nation to be angry and to send a message of painful anger to the world that the Palestinian people, the Arab and Muslim nation, will not be silent at the Israeli crime," Meshaal said.

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