Iran top diplomat meets Hezbollah chief in Lebanon

AFP , Thursday 23 Nov 2023

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian has met with Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah which has traded deadly cross-border fire with Israel since the start of the Gaza war, the Lebanese movement said Thursday.

Lebanese Shiite group s secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah (2nd-R) meeting with Iran s Foreign Mini
Lebanese Shiite group s secretary general, Hassan Nasrallah (2nd-R) meeting with Iran s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian (2nd-L), Iran s assistant foreign minister Mehdi Shoushtari (L), and the deputy to the Iranian ambassador to Beirut (R), at an undisclosed location in Lebanon. AFP


Since the Israeli war on Gaza began on October 7, the border between Lebanon and Israel has witnessed escalating exchanges of fire, primarily involving Israel and the Iran-backed Hezbollah, along with Palestinian groups.

The clashes have raised fears of a broader conflagration.

In a statement, Hezbollah said Amir-Abdollahian and Nasrallah "reviewed the latest developments in Palestine, Lebanon and the region, and... the efforts made to end the Israeli aggression against the Gaza Strip".

Amir-Abdollahian, who warned on Wednesday that the war could spiral out of control, left Beirut for Doha after their meeting, Iran's Nour news agency reported.

Hezbollah said on Thursday morning that it fired 48 Katyusha rockets at military base at Ein Zeitim, near the town of Safed in northern Israel, about 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border.

It said it also carried out at least 10 other attacks on Israeli positions near the frontier, and claimed to have caused casualties.

The Israeli army shelled several locations in southern Lebanon in response, said Lebanon's National News Agency.

Hezbollah says it has been acting in support of Hamas since the Palestinian Islamist movement's October 7 Al-Aqsa Flood operation as Israel has killed more than 14,000 people, two third of of them are women and children, in 48 days of war on Gaza.

The violence between Israel and Hezbollah has claimed at least 108 lives in Lebanon, including at least 14 civilians, and three journalists, according to an AFP count.

Six Israeli soldiers and three civilians have been killed on the Israeli side, according to the authorities.

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