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Hamas calls on Hezbollah to help fight Israel

Hezbollah members parade during a ceremony in south Lebanon, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Hamas has urged Hezbollah to join the fight against Israel after the conflict between the Islamic Resistance Movement and the Jewish state entered its third week.

“We hope the Lebanese front will open and together we will fight against this formation [Israel],” deputy head of Hamas’ political bureau Mousa Abu Marzouk told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

“There’s no arguing that Lebanese resistance could mean a lot,” Abu Marzouk stressed.

Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah has vowed that his party will stand by the resistance in Gaza.

“ 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 speech last week.

South Lebanon has generally been calm since the end of the monthlong war between Israel and Hezbollah in the summer of 2006.

However, since the start of Israel's attack on Gaza, there have been several rocket attacks from Lebanon in solidarity with the Palestinians.

Both the Army and U.N. peacekeeping troops have stepped up patrols along the Lebanese-Israeli border in order to prevent a reoccurrence of the attacks.

 

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