Majdalani to Asharq Al-Awsat: No Rupture with Lebanese Forces

Majdalani met with President Aoun last October/Dalati&Nohra
Majdalani met with President Aoun last October/Dalati&Nohra
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Majdalani to Asharq Al-Awsat: No Rupture with Lebanese Forces

Majdalani met with President Aoun last October/Dalati&Nohra
Majdalani met with President Aoun last October/Dalati&Nohra

Member of the “Future Movement” parliamentary bloc, MP Atef Majdalani said on Thursday that the dissociation policy has turned into a national issue that should be defended by all the Lebanese,” adding that the visit of Iraqi paramilitary group Asaib Ahl al-Haq leader, Qais al-Khazali to southern Lebanon damages the country and violates its sovereignty.

“The dissociation policy is not a mere internal accord between the political forces, but a national issue that should be defended by all the Lebanese who care about protecting their country from the hot spots burning near us,” Majdalani told Asharq Al-Awsat.

The deputy added that any violation of this policy would turn into an uncalculated adventure.

“Then, Prime Minister Saad Hariri will not be the only one to object those violations, but all the state, on top of which is President Michel Aoun,” he said.

Commenting on the visit of al-Khazali to southern Lebanon this month, Majdalani said that such actions “distort the image of the state, because they show that the legitimate authority in Lebanon is weak. And whether the timing of the visit was set deliberately or not, the measures taken by the Lebanese authorities, through the recommendations of Aoun and Hariri, reflect the unity of the political authority in facing any violations.”

The deputy denied that the Future Movement’s relationship with its ally, the Lebanese Forces, was heading towards escalation and rupture following the latest disputes.

Majdalani admitted that relations between the two allies passed through a cloud.

“But, what is certain is that the two sides agree on the strategic and national views, including the dissociation policy that allowed the government of Hariri to remain,” he stated.

The deputy added: “The upcoming days will reveal that the conclusions of some parties in this regard were not true.”

According to Majdalani, it was still too early to speak about electoral alliances.



Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
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Hamas’ Armed Wing Says Israeli Airstrike Killed Two Hostages in Rafah

12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)
12 June 2024, Palestinian Territories, Khan Younis: Tents for displaced Palestinians at al-Mawasi area in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis. (Omar Ashtawy/APA Images via ZUMA Press Wire/dpa)

Hamas' armed wing al-Qassam Brigades said on Friday that two Israeli hostages held in Gaza were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Rafah a few days ago.

The group, in a video posted on its Telegram channel, did not release the names of those said to have been killed or provide any evidence.

The Israeli government "does not want your hostages to return, except in coffins," the al-Qassam Brigades statement said.

Israel rescued four hostages held by Hamas in a hostage-freeing operation in central Gaza's al-Nuseirat on June 8. The health ministry in Hamas-run Gaza said more than 250 Palestinians were killed in the raid.

The war in Gaza erupted when Hamas fighters stormed southern Israel on Oct. 7, killing around 1,200 people and seizing more than 250 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Israel has responded with a military assault on the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 37,000 Palestinians, according to the Gaza health ministry. Israel says its campaign is intended to eliminate Hamas as a threat and free the remaining hostages.