‘Palestinians have won Al-Aqsa battle’

Many Palestinian factions considered Israel’s withdrawal of controversial security measures at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as “a victory” for the whole Palestinian people. “We affirm that what happened today [Thursday] was a bright and victorious page in the history of Palestine,” head of political bureau of Hamas Ismail Haniyeh said in a statement. His remarks came after the Israeli authorities removed the last remnants of security measures in Al-Aqsa Mosque.
 
“Our people and the people of Al-Quds [Jerusalem] have proved that they are the superior custodians of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Islamic and Christian holy places there,” Haniyeh said.
Haniyeh went on to say that the joint national action by different Palestinian factions and the ordinary people was one of the reasons behind “success in this battle”.
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