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Lebanese Hezbollah urges Arab states to arm Hamas

BEIRUT (AP) – The leader of Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group has called on Arab states to send weapons to Gaza’s Hamas to fight Israel.

Hassan Nasrallah said in a televised speech late Monday that Arab leaders should deliver “more missiles to the Palestinian resistance in Gaza” to counter Israel’s offensive.

The week-old fighting has killed 113 Palestinians, including 54 civilians. The operation was in response to Hamas pounding Israeli towns with rockets. Three Israeli civilians have also been killed in the latest offensive, which started with Israel killing Hamas’ military chief.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah fought Israel to a standstill during a 34-day war in 2006.

In 2008, during the previous Israeli offensive on Gaza, several rockets were fired from Hezbollah strongholds in southern Lebanon at northern Israel, provoking a brief Israeli artillery response.

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