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Israeli airspace infiltration "strategic achievement" for Hezbollah: Hamas official

2012-10-13 21:41:00 GMT2012-10-14 05:41:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

GAZA, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) -- The infiltration of Israeli airspace by a drone sent by Hezbollah was "a strategic achievement" for the Lebanese militant group, a senior Hamas official said Saturday.

"An aircraft flying for more than 45 minutes and reaching sensitive areas in the occupied territories (Israel) has a devastating effect" on the Jewish state, the official, Mahmoud Zahar, told reporters during a meeting in the Gaza Strip.

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah admitted Thursday that his group launched an Iranian-made drone over Israel and the Israeli Air Force downed the plane soon after spotting it.

Zahar said the timing of launching the drone was important given Israel's threats to carry out a military strike against Iran.

On the Syrian crisis, Zahar said his movement was taking "a neutral position." "We recommend that the Syrian people be given their rights with no foreign troops brought in, because foreign troops will weaken Syria for the sake of Israel," he said.

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