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Disputed site of Al-Aqsa Mosque a factor in Hamas attack on Israel

Posted on AllSides October 7th, 2023
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The military wing of Hamas, Al-Qassam Brigades, described Saturday’s surprise assault on Israel as an operation “in defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque,” invoking a dispute around a site that is sacred to both Muslims and Jews and that is among the most deeply contested in the holy land. The mosque sits in a 35-acre site that is considered the holiest in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. Muslims call the site — which also includes the Dome of the Rock shrine — Haram al-Sharif, or the Noble Sanctuary. According...

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