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However, because the clashes so far have mainly taken place at the border, Hezbollah has still only used a fraction of the firepower with which Nasrallah has been threatening Israel for years.
Known as the “Axis of Resistance,” it includes Shiite Islamist Iraqi militias who have fired on US forces in Syria and Iraq, and Yemen’s Houthis, who have waded into the conflict by firing drones into Israel.
People check buildings destroyed during an Israeli attack on the Bureij refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip on Thursday. Source: Getty, NurPhoto / Majdi Fathi
Wearing the black turban of a Sayyed, or a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad, and a Shiite clerical robe, Nasrallah is one of the most prominent figures in the Arab world.
However, Hezbollah itself makes no distinction between its political and military wings.
Top US diplomat arrives in Israel
The White House said any pause in fighting must be temporary and localized. It has rejected calls from Arab and several other countries for a complete ceasefire in the war, now in its 28th day.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken arrived in Israel on Friday and is expected to call for local pauses in the fighting to allow humanitarian aid to Gaza. Source: AP / Andrew Harnik/AP
Health authorities in Gaza say at least 9,061 people – many of them women and children – have been killed since Israel began its assault on the enclave of 2.3 million people in retaliation for deadly attacks by Hamas militants on southern Israel.
There was no immediate confirmation from Hamas.
Israeli tanks drive towards the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. An Israeli military spokesman said Thursday that troops had “completed the encirclement of Gaza City” Source: MONKEY / Ariel Schalit
The United Arab Emirates, one of the few Arab states with diplomatic ties to Israel, said Friday it was working “relentlessly” toward an immediate ceasefire, warning that the risk of regional spillover and further escalation was real.
Hamas as a whole is designated as a terrorist organization by Australia, Canada, Great Britain and the US, among others. New Zealand and Paraguay only call their military wing a terrorist group. In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly voted against a resolution condemning Hamas in its entirety as a terrorist organization.
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