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Hamas chief calls on Muslim states to provide ‘resistance with weapons’

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Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh called on Muslim states on Tuesday to provide Palestinian militants with weapons, as the group’s war with Israel rages in the Gaza Strip.

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“We see countries of the world pouring weapons into the occupation (Israel)... The time has come (for Muslim states) to support the resistance with weapons, because this is... not the battle of the Palestinian people alone,” Haniyeh said in a speech in Doha, according to a transcript shared by the group with journalists.

Haniyeh also argued that the October 7 attack “came after an attempt to marginalize the Palestinian cause.”

He charged that, “despite the heavy price, the massacres and the war of genocide, it (Israel) failed to achieve any of its goals.”

The war has reduced vast areas of Gaza to rubble and displaced most of its 2.4 million people with many at risk of famine and disease, according to the United Nations.

With only minimal aid entering Gaza, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem charged that “everyone in Gaza is going hungry” as the “direct results of Israel's declared policy.”

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