Gaza's Hamas rulers thanked Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan for his support in alleviating the strip's hardship, saying it "expresses its thanks and appreciation" to Erdogan. However, Hamas stopped short of endorsing the pact and insisted it was sticking to its policy of resisting Israel. Despite the relief, Israel and Egypt still maintain their blockade of the isolated territory.
Al-Aqsa, one of Islam's holiest sites and a nationalist symbol for Palestinians seeking their own state, is built on a compound revered by Jews as the vestige of their two ancient temples. The site lies in East Jerusalem, which was captured by Israel in a 1967 war and annexed to form part of its "eternal, indivisible" capital - a move not recognized internationally.