Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS): Israel Purposely Choose Ramadan To Attack Aqsa Mosque To Provoke  Muslims

May 12, 2021

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On May 11, 2021, Hay'at Tahrir Al-Sham (HTS) released a statement commenting on recent events in Israel. The group expressed its full support for the Palestinians for their steadfastness and condemned Israel's "purposely systematic aggression" against the Palestinians during the month of Ramadan.[1]

"The Israeli occupier is still present on the blessed land of Palestine and still committing systematic aggression. It recently has desecrated the Aqsa mosque by invading its courtyards, unjustly taking over the houses of residents of one of Jerusalem's alleys, striking lands in Gaza, and destroying the houses of its besieged people," said the statement.

It added that Israel's "choosing the holy month of Ramadan to escalate its hostilities is a provocation against Muslims around the world. We condemn in the strongest words this unjust aggression against the land, people, and scared sites of Palestine. We demand that countries, organizations, and scientific councils stand by our people in the scared land. Palestine is our cause and the cause of the whole Ummah," said the statement, which also paid a tribute to the Palestinian "martyrs."

The statement noted that HTS fighters in Syria have been inspired over the last 10 years by the Palestinian people's will and steadfastness.


[1] Telegram, Al Shami Al Hr, May 11, 2021.


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