Hamas threatens settlers to not hold Jerusalem rally

Hamas threatens new escalation if settlers hold Jerusalem rally

Hamas is the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip

Explosives experts of Hamas search a destroyed building for unexploded projectiles. Credit: AFP Photo

A top Hamas official on Monday warned of renewed violence if right-wing pro-settler organisations hold a controversial march Thursday in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem.

"We warn the occupation (Israel) against letting the march approach east Jerusalem and Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on Thursday," senior Hamas figure Khalil al-Hayya said.

"We hope the message is clear so that Thursday doesn't become (a new) May 10," he said, in reference to the start of last month's 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Gaza Strip.