Hamas's spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, called in a press statement on Saturday for escalating the Jerusalem Intifada in response to closing al-Aqsa Mosque and banning prayer there by the Israeli authorities.

Barhoum said that this crime falls in line with a religious war waged against the Palestinian holy sites, holding the Israeli government fully responsible for the consequences of this move.

Barhoum called on the people of the Arab and Muslim nations to demonstrate in front of the Israeli embassies everywhere to support al-Aqsa Mosque and pressure Israel to stop its violations.

The Islamic-Christian Commission for Patronizing Jerusalem and Holy Sites announced Saturday that it had completely lost control of al-Aqsa Mosque because of the Israeli tightened measures in Jerusalem that led to closing the Mosque for the second day in a row.