GAZA CITY, Palestine (AA) – Palestinian group Hamas on Monday condemned US Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s visit to the Palestinian territories.
Blinken arrived in Israel on Monday from Egypt on the second leg of his Middle East tour that will also take him to the West Bank city of Ramallah.
Hamas spokesman Abdul-Latif al-Qanou said the US diplomat’s visit “aims to bolster partnership and support to the [Israeli] occupation.”
“This visit provides a cover to the extremist government to enforce its criminal policies and aggression against the Palestinian people, their sanctities and their detainees,” he added.
Upon his arrival in Israel, Blinken called on both the Israelis and Palestinians “to take steps to calm tensions rather than inflame them.”
Seven Israelis were killed in a shooting attack near a synagogue in an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem Friday night, a day after nine Palestinians were killed and dozens injured in an Israeli military operation in the West Bank city of Jenin.