Hamas lauds deadly Jerusalem shooting, calls for stepped-up attacks in future

A Hamas spokesman based in Qatar, called on militants in the West Bank to get ready "for a new phase of confrontation.''

By: AP | Gaza City | Updated: October 10, 2016 6:05 pm

The militant Hamas group has praised the gunman who killed two people in a Jerusalem shooting rampage and called for stepped-up attacks on Israelis as the latest wave of violence enters a second year.

Husam Badran, a Hamas spokesman based in Qatar, called in a statement Monday on militants in the West Bank to get ready “for a new phase of confrontation.”

He also accused Israel of “targeting” the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem and promised “a response from the heroic fighters.”

The statement came a day after a Hamas member killed two Israelis and wounded five in a shooting rampage in Jerusalem. Such attacks, along with stabbings, have marked a year-long surge in violence that has killed 36 Israelis, two visiting Americans and about 220 Palestinians.

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