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Hamas chief’s plea to Muslim states: Support ‘resistance with weapons’

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The leader of the Palestinian resistance group Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, has urged Muslim states to provide weapons and financial support to the “resistance” against Israel, as the war in Gaza enters its fourth month.

Speaking at a conference in Doha on Tuesday, Haniyeh said that Israel had failed to achieve any of its goals in the war, and had only exposed its “bloody, murderous face” to the world.

“We see countries of the world pouring weapons into the occupation (Israel) … The time has come (for Muslim states) to support the resistance with weapons, because this is … not the battle of the Palestinian people alone,” Haniyeh said, according to a transcript released by Hamas.

He also praised the role of Iran and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group, in backing Hamas and other factions in Gaza. He said that the recent killing of Hamas deputy leader Saleh al-Aruri and Hezbollah commander Wissam Tawil by Israel was a “cowardly act” that would not deter the resistance.

Haniyeh’s speech came as the international community continues to seek a diplomatic solution to end the war, which has killed more than 23000 Palestinians.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has also confirmed that it is investigating potential crimes against journalists in Gaza, after several media workers were killed or injured by Israeli strikes.

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