Hezbollah Deputy Chief: We Actively Support Hamas

Sheikh Naim Qassem to U.K. Financial Times: We give every type of support to Palestinian resistance.

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Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Sheikh Naim Qassem said that the Lebanese militant group has been actively supporting Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

"It is one of the secrets of the resistance that we don't talk about the details of our support, but suffice to say that we are giving them every type of support that could help the Palestinian resistance. Every type that is possible," Qassem said in an interview with the Financial Times published on Tuesday.

When asked whether Hezbollah was supplying arms or training to Hamas, the sheikh said, "We leave this to be seen in time to come."

Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran and Syria, last month admitted to having operatives working in Egypt, after Cairo arrested 49 members of a suspected Hezbollah cell. Hezbollah, however, denied that it was planning terror attacks on Egyptian soil.

"Egypt has now revealed that we have given military support to Palestine," Nassem told the Financial Times.

"We have done so for a while but we have not talked about it.... We are asked about our specific and limited support for Gaza while nobody questions the U.S. about their total and unflinching support for Israel. We are always questioned but nobody questions the U.S.," he said.

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