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Zahhar: Hezbollah drone a strategic achievement

Oct. 13, 2012 8:46 P.M. (Updated: Oct. 14, 2012 10:22 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamas leader Mahmoud Zahhar on Saturday praised Hezbollah for sending a drone aircraft into Israel last weekend, a statement said.

Zahhar described the operation as a "strategic achievement" for the powerful Lebanese political group and a successful step in the psychological battle between Iran and Israel.

The Gaza official made the comments during a media workshop in Gaza City, adding that Hamas has a balanced relationship with Iran.

Zahhar stressed that the Islamist group has a policy of non-intervention in Syria, noting that Palestinians are guests in the country but that the group advises the leadership to listen to the Syrian street.

The Gaza official labeled the upcoming West Bank elections as a fraud, and said that politically motivated arrests in the West Bank were "political suicide" for Fatah.

"Fatah is not ready to reconcile and therefore the reconciliation is blocked," he said, adding that Hamas is not participating in the elections because the group considers them to be dishonest.

On Thursday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah acknowledged that the group had sent a drone aircraft that was shot down last weekend after flying some 55 kilometers into Israel.

He said the aircraft had flown over sensitive locations, including Israel's nuclear facilities in Dimona, before it was shot down by Israeli forces.

"The downing of the drone was natural and expected," the Hezbollah secretary-general said. "This capability is only part of the surprises of any future confrontation."
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