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Iranian FM Meets Hamas, Islamic Jihad Leaders Ahead of 4-Day Truce in Gaza


TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian held a meeting with senior officials from Hamas and Islamic Jihad resistance movements during his visit to Lebanon, discussing the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and a four-day truce in the besieged territory.

Iran’s minister held talks with secretary general of the Islamic Jihad movement Ziad Al-Nakhala, deputy chief of the Hamas political bureau in the Gaza Strip Khalil Al-Hayya and other officials from the resistance groups in Beirut on Wednesday.

They exchanged viewpoints on the latest developments in the Palestinian territories as well as the four-day ceasefire.

Amir Abdollahian and high-ranking Palestinian resistance figures also discussed means to extend the truce deal and dispatch humanitarian aid to the oppressed Palestinian nation.

On Wednesday, after weeks of tense negotiations, Israel and Hamas reached a long-anticipated deal, according to which the Palestinian group would release at least 50 hostages – women and children, during a four-day pause which could be extended. The Office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pointed out that “the release of every additional ten hostages will result in one additional day in the pause”.

Upon his arrival in the Lebanese capital, Amir Abdollahian said six weeks of heroic resistance of the Palestinian people in Gaza has proved that time is not on Israel’s side if the war drags on, stressing that the global public opinion would see the occupying regime and the US as the main losers.

"Without a doubt, the future of Gaza and the future of Palestine will be decided only by the Palestinian people,” the top diplomat stated.

“We have heard from the resistance leaders in the region that the finger of the resistance will remain on the trigger until the Palestinian people's rights are fully restored and their fight has achieved its goals,” he added.

In early October, Hamas launched a multi-pronged surprise military operation via land, sea and air against Israel. The group announced it was in response to the storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem and Israeli settlers’ growing violence against Palestinians. The attacks have so far killed more than 1,200 and injured over 5,500, according to Israeli officials. Hamas also announced it is holding between at least 200 and 250 hostages.

Following the multi-front attack by Hamas, Israel carried out heavy bombardment across the Gaza Strip, killing more than 14,500 Palestinians, including at least 6,000 children and over 4,000 women, and wounding over 33,000 others, and levelling entire neighbourhoods. The bombing, as well as enforced displacement orders by the Israeli Army, has also pushed 1.7 million people out of their homes.

Tel Aviv has also imposed a "complete siege" on Gaza, cutting off food, electricity, fuel and water supplies. The move has plunged the blockaded territory into a humanitarian crisis.

The Gaza Health Ministry has confirmed that the healthcare system in the besieged territory has “totally collapsed due to the Israeli war”. Dozens of hospitals and tens of medical centers are out of service due to Israeli raids, according to the enclave's health ministry. The UN agencies have also warned that the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip is "catastrophic", calling for more international help as conditions deteriorate in the densely populated besieged enclave.

Iranian officials have in recent weeks cautioned that the current status in West Asia resembled a powder keg which could spiral out of control. They warned that if diplomatic pushes to stop Israeli assault are unsuccessful, there is a risk of the conflict escalating uncontrollably, with multiple regional players joining the fight.

Iranian officials say the Palestinian resistance movements do not face a shortage in munitions and other military equipment and are ready for a long battle with Israel and they are currently considering various options in response to the Zionist regime act of aggression and relentless bombardment of the Gaza Strip.

Tehran says the history of Israel is full of assassinations, massacre, torture and killing of Palestinian kids, and described Tel Aviv regime's atrocities and massacre of Palestinian women and children as indicative of the destitute of Zionists. Iranian officials say Tel Aviv has been struggling for more than 70 years to exit its identity crisis which has been mixed with genocide, plunder, forced displacement and scores of other inhumane moves.


This article was published in Fars news agency and is re published here under a creative commons license


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