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Former Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has called for widespread protests throughout the Muslim world this Friday in solidarity with Palestinians.
In a statement, Meshaal emphasized the responsibility of neighboring nations such as Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and Egypt to bolster their support for the Palestinian cause. He said, “Tribes of Jordan, sons of Jordan, brothers and sisters of Jordan… This is a moment of truth and the borders are close to you, you all know your responsibility.” Meshaal concluded with a call to action, stating, “To all scholars who teach jihad… to all who teach and learn, this is a moment for the application (of theories).”
This appeal arises amidst increasing tension, with Israel affirming its intention to intensify its response to Hamas attacks, with a ground offensive expected to kick off any moment.
Following an Israeli airstrike on Gaza City, hitting over 200 targets, the health department in Gaza reported a death toll of around 950 and injuries surpassing 5,000. The scenario further deteriorated over the weekend when Hamas militants from Gaza launched an assault in southern Israel, marking it as the most lethal Palestinian militant attack in Israel’s history.