Hamas Warns of ‘More Surprises’ After Tel Aviv Terror Shooting

A member of the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, attends an anti-Israel rally in Gaza City on April 28, 2016.
TEL AVIV – Hamas praised the terror attack in Tel Aviv that left four people dead and another 16 injured on Wednesday evening, saying it was to avenge Israeli “violations” at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount. “The Tel Aviv operation is a natural response to Israeli desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the crimes against the Palestinian people,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a statement, but failed to specify the nature of the “violations and crimes.” The Gaza-based Islamist group earlier announced that the two terrorists were Hamas members. Hamas praised the shooting as a “heroic operation” and warned the “Zionists” of “more surprises” to follow. Hamas added that the attack was “a message from children of the resistance to leaders of the occupation, especially [Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman],” who took office last week. The terror group’s chief, Ismail Haniyeh, called the wounded terrorist a “hero” and said he was praying for his soul. Abu Zuhri also threatened more attacks and said that the attack was evidence that the “Intifada” is continuing and all attempts by Israel to stop the wave of violence were failing. Hamas stopped sort of claiming responsibility for the attack. But a statement from