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Hezbollah, Hamas leaders discuss 'readiness of axis of resistance'

Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas political bureau, meets with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, on April 9, 2023. (Photo by al-Alam news network)

Top leaders of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movements have met in Beirut to discuss the latest developments in Palestine following Israeli attacks on worshipers at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.  

Ismail Haniyeh, head of Hamas' political bureau, met with Hezbollah Secretary General Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday and the two discussed "the readiness of the axis of resistance” and their cooperation after the recent events.

The meeting was held amid ongoing tensions throughout the occupied territories following the Israeli regime's brutal assault on Palestinian worshipers who were observing the holy fasting month of Ramadan at the al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

Heavily armed Israeli forces stormed al-Aqsa Mosque on Tuesday night, firing tear gas and stun grenades into the Qibli prayer hall, where hundreds of men, women, elderly people and children were staying overnight to pray. Some eyewitnesses said rubber-coated steel bullets were also fired.

The Israeli forces violently beat up worshipers with batons and riot guns, wounding many and arresting about 500 Palestinians.

Videos from inside the mosque showed Israeli troops repeatedly hitting people with batons as they lied on the floor. Cries for help from women and children could be heard in the background.

Since the start of the holy month, the Israeli regime has imposed strict restrictions on the entry and exit of Palestinians to and from the gates of al-Aqsa Mosque. Israeli settlers have also pressed ahead with their frequent incursions and provocative rituals at the holy site.

Retaliating against the Israeli aggression, resistance fighters based in Gaza fired rockets at the occupied territories.

On Thursday, at least 30 rockets were reportedly launched from southern Lebanon into the Israeli-occupied territories in retaliation for the Israeli raids.

The Israeli regime's warplanes bombed Gaza and southern Lebanon, but it avoided going further in fear of sparking a wider conflict.  

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