Hezbollah leader holds talks with Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad chiefs
KAREEM CHEHAYEB, ASSOCIATED PRESS |
The leader of Lebanon’s Hezbollah group held talks on Wednesday with senior Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad figures in a key meeting of three top anti-Israel militant groups amid the war raging in Gaza.
A brief statement following the meeting said Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, agreed with Hamas’s Saleh al-Arouri and Islamic Jihad’s leader, Ziad al-Nakhleh, on the next steps that the three – along with other Iran-backed militants – should take at this “sensitive stage”.
Their goal, according to the statement that was carried on Hezbollah-run and Lebanese state media, was to achieve “a real victory for the resistance in Gaza and Palestine” and halt Israel’s “treacherous and brutal aggression against our oppressed and steadfast people in Gaza and the West Bank”.
No other details were provided.
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The discussions in Beirut came as the conflict between Israel and Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that rules the Gaza Strip, is now in its third week.
The fighting, triggered by Hamas’s deadly incursion into Israel on October 7 that killed more than 1,400 people in Israel, has killed more than 5,700 Palestinians in Gaza.
As the Gaza death toll spirals, tensions have also been rising along the tense Lebanon-Israel border, where Hezbollah members have been exchanging fire with Israeli troops since the day after Hamas’s rampage into Israel.