Israel conflict latest: Hamas tells Gazans to stay put after Israel calls for mass evacuation

Hossein Amirabdollahian (back left) and Hassan Nasrallah (back right) meet in Beirut

Iran’s foreign minister met the leader of Hizbollah in Lebanon on Friday to discuss “the responsibilities everyone has and the positions that must be taken regarding these historical events and dangerous developments” in Gaza, a spokesperson for the Tehran-backed militant group said.

Hossein Amirabdollahian’s meeting in Beirut with Hassan Nasrallah, who has led Hizbollah since 1992 and rarely appears in public, centred on the “aftermath” of Hamas militants’ deadly offensive against Israel, “the ongoing Israeli aggression in Gaza, the brutal crimes committed against all the people of Gaza”, as well as developments at al-Aqsa Mosque and the West Bank, a statement from Hizbollah said. 

There are growing concerns that Iran-backed groups in the region, including Hizbollah, will fully commit to the conflict, triggering a broader regional conflagration that could engulf Syria, Iraq and even Iran itself. 

In a televised statement from the airport on Thursday night, Iran’s foreign minister said the continuation of crimes against Palestinians will receive a response “from the rest of the axes”.

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