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Palestinian parties gather in support of Hezbollah in Gaza

Jan. 28, 2015 10:34 P.M. (Updated: Jan. 30, 2015 7:45 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Leaders representing major Palestinian parties and resistance groups in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday gathered to express their support for Hezbollah's strike against the Israeli military earlier in the day, calling for a "joint front" with the Lebanese movement.

The event, which brought together representatives of Hamas, Fatah, Islamic Jihad, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a number of others, was held to celebrate the attack that left at least two Israeli soldiers in the occupied Shebaa Farms dead.

The strike came as a response to an Israeli attack on Hezbollah forces inside Syria just over a week ago that left seven fighters dead, including a top Iranian general.

Attendees at the event distributed sweets in celebration of the operation, and leaders from each of the parties assembled express their hopes for a united effort with Hezbollah against the Israeli occupation.

"The resistance front from Lebanon to the Shebaa (Farms), to Quneitra and to Jerusalem and on to Gaza is a unified front, and any group targeted by the occupation will erupt (in response)," Islamic Jihad leader Khalid al-Batsh said during the event.

He added that Hezbollah had cornered Israel between two options through its attack on the soldiers at the border, forcing it to decide whether to remain silent or to respond and enter a full-on war.

"In either case," he added, "Netanyahu is risking his political future."

Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said that the operation was a "natural response" to the "occupation's crimes," and that it was "another victory for the resistance."

PFLP leader Jamil Mezher said that resistance has proven to be the most successful option in facing Israel and achieving victory, and he called for a joint Palestinian-Arab front to face any potential Israeli offensive.

Fatah spokesman Fayiz Abu Aita, meanwhile, said that Hezbollah has the right to respond to the killing of six of its members in any way it sees fits, and warned Israel of the repercussions of its continuous attacks.

"There will no aggression without a response," Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine leader Mahmoud Khalaf said during the event, calling for the unity of resistance parties in order to respond to any possible Israeli offensive.

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