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Hezbollah-Hamas Relations 'Good' Despite Beirut Bombing Accusations

Sources close to Hezbollah claim ties with Hamas remain on relatively good terms despite disagreements and accusations that Hamas was involved in bombing a Hezbollah stronghold in southern Beirut.
Lebanon's Hezbollah supporters wave Palestinian and Hezbollah flags during a demonstration, organised by Lebanese and Palestinian factions, against Israel's military operation in Gaza, in front of the U.N. headquarters in Beirut November 17, 2012. Israeli aircraft bombed Hamas government buildings in Gaza on Saturday, including the prime minister's office, after Israel's cabinet authorised the mobilisation of up to 75,000 reservists, preparing for a possible ground invasion. REUTERS/Jamal Saidi (LEBANON - T

A source close to Hezbollah, who preferred to remain anonymous, confirmed in an exclusive interview with Al-Monitor that communication between Hezbollah and Hamas continues to be "good," despite the persistence of some disagreements on certain political issues, particularly the Syrian crisis.

This well-informed Lebanese source was commenting on several media leaks in which Hezbollah accused members of Hamas of involvement in the latest attacks on the southern suburbs of Beirut, including the rocket attacks that targeted the suburbs several months ago. An Al-Monitor article by Meir Javedanfar from Aug. 22 noted the deterioration in the relationship between the two Islamist movements, citing a report from the Iranian website Tabnak, which in turn cited Ibrahim al-Amin, the editor-in-chief of the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar known for his ties to Hezbollah. Amin noted the links between some members of Hamas to the bombing in the Ruwais neighborhood of Beirut's southern suburbs on Aug. 15.

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