The heads of the Palestinian Islamist movement hamas, ismail haniyeand the Lebanese Shiite party-militia Hezbollah, Hasan Nasrallahmet in the capital of Lebanon, Beirutto discuss the recent escalation of clashes with Israel during the Muslim observance of Ramadan.
According to the Lebanese news portal NaharnetThe two terror chiefs discussed “the joint preparation of the resistance axis against Israel” during a week of violence, which included rocket fire from Gaza, southern Lebanon and Syria.
On Saturday, an Italian tourist and two British-Israeli sisters were killed in attacks committed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and yesterday, at the opening of a new front, three rockets were launched from Syria to Israeli territory.
In retaliation, andThe Israeli army attacked with artillery and by air a military complex, radar systems and artillery posts of the Syrian Armed Forces in the south of the country, and warned that “Israel sees the Syrian state as responsible for all activities that occur within its territory and will not allow any attempt to violate Israeli sovereignty.”
Palestinian militias also fired fifteen rockets at Israel from Gaza between Tuesday and Wednesday., in protest against police charges against Palestinian worshipers entrenched in Al Aqsa in Jerusalem during Ramadan prayers. The clashes left more than 350 detainees and 30 injured in the Esplanade of the Mosques, where the situation is still extremely volatile.
Israel reacted with selective bombardments on military objectives of the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas both in the Strip -where it has governed de facto since 2007- and in southern Lebanon -where it has a presence in the refugee camps- without causing casualties, in an attempt to respond but avoid escalating the situation.
“In this complex period, the Army is solid and will continue to use force as necessary against our enemies on any front,” he said this weekend. Israeli Chief of Staff Hertzi Halevi who called up reservist soldiers, especially airplane pilots and drone operators.
Meanwhile, thousands of Jews participate this Sunday in the priestly blessing that takes place every two years at the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem, amid enormous security measures by the Police, which, however, has avoided intervening to evict the Muslims. locked up in the Al Aqsa mosque, a few meters away, so as not to further inflame tensions.
The Birkat Kohanim or the Blessing of Aaron is a traditional rite that the male descendants of the priestly caste of the Kohanim – coming from the first High Priest of Israel – and which coincides this year with Ramadan.
At the moment, there is no record of incidents during the celebration of the rite.
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