Lebanese Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said on Monday that Israel had failed to achieve its objectives in its campaign of air strikes and shelling in Gaza.
“The shelling is clearly and deliberately targeting civilians and killing women and children,” he told supporters via a video screen in a speech to mark the Shi’ite Muslim holy day of Ashura.
“The military operation has failed to achieve its targets. The killing is aimed at putting pressure on the leadership of the resistance in the Gaza Strip to drop its conditions (for a truce).”
The Islamic militant group Hezbollah is closely allied with non-Arab, Shi’ite Iran, which Israel accuses of supplying Hamas with Fajr-5 missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv or Jerusalem from Gaza.
Nasrallah also said Arab countries should openly provide weapons to the Palestinian terrorists, but that “there is no political decision”.