The rockets launched from Lebanon and Syria at Israel during the last battle in the Gaza Strip were the result of coordination between Palestinian factions and the “resistance in Lebanon,” Yahya al-Sinwar, leader of the Hamas Movement in Gaza, revealed on May 26.
Sinwar, who was reportedly on Israel’s “kill list” during the last battle, made his remarks during a public press conference in Gaza city. By saying the “resistance in Lebanon”, the Palestinian leader was referring to Hezbollah and its allies.
“The launching of rockets from Lebanon and Syria, and the drone were all a result of coordinated effort between the resistance in Gaza and the one in Lebanon,” al-Sinwar told reporters.
Gaza battle broke out on May 10, when Palestinian factions fired a barrage of rockets from Gaza at Jerusalem in response to Israeli plans to evict a number of Arab families from the Sheik Jarrah neighborhood in the city. The heated battle came to an end on May 21 with an Egypt-brokered ceasefire.
During the battle, a number of rockets were fired from Lebanon and Syria at Israel.
On May 13, at least three rockets were fired from the coastal area of Qlaileh just South of the Palestinian refugee camp of Rashidieh in the Southern Lebanese district of Tyre across the Israeli–Lebanese border, landing in the Mediterranean Sea.
On May 14, three rockets were fired from Syria, while two of them hit the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but fell in uninhabited places.
On May 17, six rockets were fired from Southern Lebanon towards Israel but the rockets failed to cross the Lebanese-Israeli border.
On May 19, four rockets were fired from near the Siddikine village in the Tyre District of Southern Lebanon towards Haifa, with one of the rockets being intercepted, another landing in an open area, and the remaining two landing in the Mediterranean sea.
Furthermore, on May 18, the Israeli military shot down an unidentified drone near the border with Jordan. Later, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the drone was launched by Iranian forces from either Syria or Iraq.
While it is well-known that Hamas receives military and financial support from Iran and its regional allies, al-Sinwar’s remarks reveals a whole new level of coordination between the members of so-called “Axis of Resistance”.
Al-Sinwar’s remarks will likely cause great concern in Tel Aviv, which will have to prepare for a possible multi-front war with the Axis of Resistance. A day earlier, Hezbollah leader Hasan Nasrallah threatened Israel with a “regional war” if it continues its provocations in Jerusalem.
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