Hamas Appeals to Russia to ‘Stop Israeli Aggression’

Amid ongoing Palestinian Arab attacks against Israeli civilians and security forces, Hamas has called on Russia to intervene and stop Israeli "aggression" against Palestinians. 

According to a statement released to the terror group's website, Hamas political leader Khaled Mashaal spoke with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Saturday evening. 

Mashaal blamed the recent spate of terror attacks against Israelis on the Jewish state's "policies of oppression" toward Palestinians as well as its attempts to "damage the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

He then urged Russia to use its influence as a global power to demand that Israel stop its "aggression" against "our people and our holy sites," primarily in Judea-Samaria and Jerusalem. 

According to the Hamas statement, Bogdanov expressed "discontent" over Israeli actions and promised that Moscow would implement measures against the Jewish state. 

The alleged conversation comes at a time of increasingly warm relations between Israel and Russia, particularly over Moscow's military presence in Syria. 

Russia's defense ministry just announced on Thursday that its forces in Syria had set up a "hotline" with Israel's military to avoid clashes in the sky over the war-torn country.

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/202048

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