Senior Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Sunday used a Palestinian refugee camp in south Lebanon as a staging ground to threaten Israel, saying the militant group has missiles that can strike Tel Aviv.
Haniyeh’s visit to the Ein El Hilweh camp capped a week-long trip to Lebanon, where he had high-visibility meetings with Lebanese politicians aligned with Iran and was feted by Hezbollah, underlining the sway of the Shiite group on Beirut’s foreign policy.
“When I enter Ein El Hilweh and walk among its men and under its rifles and weapons, it is as if I am walking in Gaza and among the Qassam Brigades,” Haniyeh told a rally at the camp, referring to the armed wing of Hamas.
“When we say we have prepared, we did. Our missiles used to have a range of a few kilometres outside the borders of Gaza. Today the resistance has missiles that can pound Tel Aviv and beyond,” said Haniyeh, who is head of the Hamas political bureau.
Haniyeh met Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah at an undisclosed location in Lebanon. A statement by Hezbollah said Haniyeh and Nasrallah “affirmed the solidity of the relationship between Hezbollah and the Hamas Movement”.
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