| 27 February 2024, Tuesday |

Hezbollah politician hopes truce will continue

A top Hezbollah politician said on Tuesday he hoped a truce would hold and his Iran-backed party had started giving compensation to individuals who had suffered losses during weeks of Israeli bombardment in south Lebanon.

Since the beginning of the battle between Israel and Hamas on October 7, Hezbollah and Israel have been at war, with Israel launching airstrikes and Hezbollah bombing Israeli positions along the border. These hostilities are at their worst since 2006.

But the cross-border violence has ceased since Hamas – a Hezbollah ally – and Israel reached a temporary truce on Friday.

“God willing, the truce will continue,” senior Hezbollah lawmaker Hassan Fadlallah said after a meeting with caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

The violence at the Israel-Lebanese border has forced tens of thousands of people on both sides of the frontier to flee their homes.

Israeli attacks in Lebanon have killed around 100 people – 80 of them Hezbollah fighters. Hostilities spiralled following the Oct. 7 Hamas raid from the Gaza Strip into Israel, setting off a conflict that spread around the region.

  • Reuters