Zahar calls for Hamas branches in Lebanon, Syria refugee camps to attack Israel

Hamas leader who resides in Gaza, calls for attacks to "liberate Palestine" to expand to Israel's northern border.

February 5, 2015 13:05
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Mahmoud Zahar

Hamas official Mahmoud Zahar. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahar called for the formation of mililant groups in Syrian and Lebanese Palestinian refugee camps, according to AFP, encouraging that attacks against Israel be carried out from those countries.

Zahar turned to the Gazan press Wednesday, calling on Lebanese and Syrian members of the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas's armed wing, to launch attacks that would "help liberate Palestine."

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Zahar said that "our guns are always trained on the enemy," referring to Israel.

Hamas fell out with Hezbollah and the Syrian regime at the onset of the Syrian civil war in 2011 after the group failed to voice support for embattled Syrian President Basher Assad.

However, after an airstrike attributed to Israel struck a Hezbollah convoy in Syria last week, Hamas reportedly told the Lebanese Shi'ite group that they should collaborate to fight Israel together.

According to a report on Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Manar TV last month, Mohammed Deif, the Gaza based military commander of Hamas who is said to have survived multiple assassination attempts by Israel, sent a letter of condolence to Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah expressing sorrow for the deaths of those killed in the suspected Israeli airstrike on the Golan Heights.

“All of the forces of resistance must band together and unite against the Zionist enemy and its accomplices,” Deif is reported to have written in the letter.

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