Hezbollah leader Hamas chief talks recent Gaza war in Beirut. Beirut – Top leaders of the militant group Hezbollah and Hamas met in Beirut on Tuesday about the 11-day war with Israel in Gaza last month.
Palestinian Hamas leader Ismailhaniye arrived in Lebanon on Sunday to meet with several high-ranking officials, including President Michel Aun and Parliamentary Speaker Nabi Berry. On Tuesday, Haniyeh and Hezbollah’s leader, Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah discussed how they could build on their recent experiences of violence.
The bruised war caused widespread destruction in Gaza, halting most of Israel’s lives and killing at least 254 people.
There were no comments after the meeting that brought Nasrallah and Haniyeh together. It was between the two for the first time since September. During the war, Hamas and other militants launched more than 4,000 rockets into Israel, and dozens flew as far as Tel Aviv, the country’s bustling commercial and cultural capital.
Israeli airstrikes and shelling caused widespread destruction in Gaza. Hezbollah and Israel fought a 34-day war in 2006 that ended in a draw. After the Gaza War, Haniyeh visited Egypt for the Palestinian Reconciliation Conference. He later visited Morocco and Mauritania before arriving in Lebanon.