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Hezbollah military power aimed at confronting Israel, US plots: Official

A high-ranking Hezbollah official says the military power of the Lebanese Islamic resistance movement is aimed at confronting the Israeli occupation and US plots in the West Asia region.

Sayyed Hashem Safieddine, head of the Executive Council of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, made the remarks on Friday while addressing a ceremony in the southern Beirut suburb of Dahiyeh on the death anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and the martyrdom of his two grandsons — Imam Hassan and Imam Reza (peace be upon them).

Affirming that Hezbollah’s power will not be used against Lebanese parties and factions, Safieddine said, “The popular resistance movement is planning and preparing to face the Israeli barbarism and oppression and liberate the occupied lands and sanctities.”

Safieddine added, “The resistance force is directed against the Zionist enemy and US schemes in the region.”

The Hezbollah official also underlined the importance of holding a “national dialogue” in order to elect a new president, adding that the political escalation in the country will not lead to any positive outcome.

At a meeting in Beirut earlier in the month, senior leaders of the Palestinian and Lebanese resistance movement said they were strongly determined to give a united response to Israel’s aggressive policies.

Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the Hamas’ political bureau, and Ziad al-Nakhaleh, the secretary-general of Palestine’s Islamic Jihad movement reiterated the firm position of all the forces of the resistance axis to confront the Israeli regime, its occupation and arrogance.

The senior Lebanese and Palestinian resistance leader also shed light on the recent threats posed by the Israeli regime.

Palestinian, Lebanese resistance leaders pledge united response to Israel

More than 200 Palestinians have been killed this year in the occupied territories and the besieged Gaza Strip. The majority of these fatalities have been recorded in the West Bank.

The figure makes 2023 the deadliest year for Palestinians in the West Bank since the United Nations began keeping track of fatalities in 2005.

Previously, 2022 was the deadliest year with 150 Palestinians killed, of whom 33 were minors, according to the United Nations.

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