Hamas leader calls for new uprising against Israel in wake of US decision on Jerusalem


GAZA STRIP: The top leader of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas has called for a new uprising against Israel in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Al Jazeera reported.
Ismail Haniyeh spoke to his followers in the Gaza Strip on Thursday and called the US decision an “aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries.” He said that the uprising should begin on Friday, added the Doha-based broadcaster.
“We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision,” added Haniyeh.
Palestinian shops in east Jerusalem, including the Old City, as well as in the West Bank were largely shuttered and schools closed on Thursday after a general strike was called.
The Israeli military on Thursday deployed hundreds of more troops to the occupied West Bank amid uncertainty over the fallout from Trump’s decision.
Hamas’ ability to carry out attacks has been limited after Israel imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip and arrested many of Hamas’ supporters in the West Bank. Even so, Hamas possesses a large arsenal of rockets in Gaza capable of striking many areas in Israel.–Agencies


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