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Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad chiefs meet; discuss regional issues, closer cooperation

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Secretary General of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, (R) and Palestinian Islamic Jihad chief Ziyad Nakhalah meet in a southern suburb of Beirut, Lebanon, on August 24, 2022.

The secretary general of the Hezbollah resistance movement and the Islamic Jihad chief met on Wednesday and discussed the latest developments in the region, including in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank, as well as future cooperation between the two groups.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and Ziyad Nakhalah met in a southern suburb of Beirut, reviewing recent events in the occupied Palestinian territories and the recent Israeli military onslaught on Gaza, Lebanon’s Arabic-language al-Mayadeen television news network reported.

Nasrallah and Nakhalah assessed the battle on the field, as well as its “political and media aspects,” the report said.

Future cooperation between the two resistance movements was discussed as well.

The duo also held talks on “the expected roles of the various parties in the Axis of Resistance in the next stage.”

On Monday, the Gaza-based Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements praised the path of resistance as the “strategic option” to confront Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and the Tel Aviv regime’s acts of aggression, emphasizing that there is no turnaround in the stance.

The two movements, in a joint statement released following a high-level meeting of their leaders in Gaza City, said resistance is a strategic and unalterable approach for them, and underlined that coordination between the two groups is at its pinnacle.

“We warn the [Israeli] enemy against our nation’s courageous resistance in the face of its potential treachery. Our response to such a folly will be decisive and comprehensive,” the statement read.

Hamas and Islamic Jihad movements also commended the formation of the Joint Operations Room as a national achievement, and stressed that Palestinian resistance groups will all work together in order to strengthen its role and position and attain full liberation of occupied Palestinian territories.

The Israeli regime carried out new massacre in the besieged Gaza Strip on August 5, which killed 49 Palestinians, including 17 children and Taysir al-Jabari, a senior commander of the Islamic Jihad movement, during the three-day assault. 

The Israeli airstrikes prompted the al-Quds Brigades, the Islamic Jihad’s military wing, to respond by firing hundreds of rockets toward the occupied territories, pushing the regime forces on the back foot. 

The strong retaliation, as was pledged by the resistance group, forced Tel Aviv to accept an Egyptian-mediated ceasefire, which took effect late on August 7.

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