Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh meets with Hezbollah’s Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut to discuss the Israeli bombing of Gaza in the next 11 days.
Leaders of the Hezbollah and Hamas groups held talks in the Lebanese capital Beirut on Tuesday over the Israeli bombing of the 11th siege of the besieged Gaza Strip.
Ismail Haniyeh, the leader of Hamas, the Palestinian group that governs Gaza, arrived in Lebanon on Sunday and met with several senior officials, including President Michel Aoun and Parliament Speaker Nabih Berri.
On Tuesday, Haniyeh and Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah discussed how they can build on the experience of the latest round of violence. The Israeli bombing killed at least 256 Palestinians, including 66 children. Thirteen people were killed in Israel, including two children.
The two sides stressed “the depth of the existing relationship between Hezbollah and Hamas, and its key role … in this decisive battle,” Turkish news agency Anadolu reported, citing a Hezbollah statement.
In a speech after the meeting, Haniyeh stressed the importance of the right of return for Palestinian refugees and their descendants and the refusal of resettlement or an “alternative homeland”. He said Palestinians residing in Lebanon are “invited” as long as they can return to their homeland, and that they contribute to Lebanon’s “stability and security”.
Haniyeh said that “Jerusalem remains the focus of the conflict with the occupation and the resistance is the strategic choice for liberation.”
He added: “The unity of the Palestinian people is the basis for achieving this liberation.”
The meeting was the first between the two leaders since last September.
During the escalation of violence last month, Hamas and other armed groups fired more than 4,000 shots into Israel, while Israeli attacks and bombings caused widespread destruction in the poor enclave, which was under fire a common Israeli-Egyptian bloc, land and sea. since 2007.
After the fighting in Gaza, Haniyeh participated in reconciliation negotiations with rival Palestinian factions in Egypt and then visited Morocco and Mauritania before arriving in Lebanon.