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Nasrallah: Hezbollah will stand by resistance in Gaza

File - Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah speaks during a televised speech on May 25, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammad Azakir)

BEIRUT: Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah vowed that his party would stand by the resistance in Gaza during a telephone conversation with Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders.

Nasrallah voiced his party’s readiness to cooperate with both Palestinian resistance parties which have been confronting Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip for the past 14 days. The Israeli offensive has killed nearly 500 Palestinians, the vast majority of them civilians.

“Hezbollah and the Lebanese resistance will stand by the Palestinian people’s uprising and resistance in our heart, willpower, hope and destiny,” Nasrallah said in a late-night telephone call to Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal, a Hezbollah statement said Monday.

Nasrallah also expressed Hezbollah’s support for Hamas’ “rightful demands to end the current battle.”

The statement said Meshaal assured Nasrallah that the Palestinian resistance “will remain steadfast and make a second victory in July, God willing,” in reference to Hezbollah’s proclaimed victory against Israel in Summer 2006 War.

Nasrallah warned Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the Palestinian resistance was stronger than he thinks.

“If Netanyahu is counting on governmental and international support in his [Gaza] offensive, the resistance in Gaza relies by all means on the strongest popular support,” Nasrallah said.

The statement said the Hezbollah chief also discussed developments on the battleground in Gaza in a telephone call with Ramadan Abdullah Shalah, the leader of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.

Nasrallah stressed both “Hezbollah’s and the Islamic resistance in Lebanon’s support for the resistance in Gaza,” the statement added.

Nasrallah is scheduled to make a public address this Friday on Jerusalem Day.

“In light of Jerusalem Day, which was announced by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to mark the last week of Ramadan, and our insistence on the resistance path and struggle to liberate Palestine from the sea to the river, Hezbollah will hold a ceremony” in which Nasrallah will speak, the party’s office said.

The event will take place in Sayyed al-Shuhada Complex in Beirut’s southern suburbs at 5 p.m.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on July 22, 2014, on page 3.




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