Lebanese journalist and Hizbullah Mouthpiece Ibrahim Al-Amine, editor-in-chief of the pro-Hizbullah Al-Akhbar newspaper, said that the Palestinian factions in Gaza closely coordinated and maintained a joint operations room with Hizbullah and the IRGC during their recent round of fighting with Israel. He made these remarks in an interview that aired on Al-Manar TV (Hizbullah-Lebanon) on May 28, 2021. Al-Amine went on to say that Hizbullah provided Hamas with surveillance services, transported senior Hamas officials from Gaza to Lebanon, and transported supplies to Gaza during the fighting. He further said that IRGC Qods Force commander General Qaani visited Beirut twice during the same period. For more about Ibrahim Al-Amine, see MEMRI TV clip no 8575.
Ibrahim Al-Amine: "[During the recent fighting], there was higher coordination between the leaders of the factions in Palestine and the rest of the resistance axis – Hizbullah and the IRGC, to be precise.
"There was a joint operations room in Beirut. It included the relevant officers from the Islamic Resistance [Hizbullah], and the field officers from Hamas and the other factions, as well as officers from the IRGC. Qaani, the commander of the Qods Force, came to Beirut twice during the war. The resistance in Lebanon managed to transport senior Hamas field officers from Gaza to Beirut."
Host: "During the confrontation?"
Al-Amine: "Yes, during the war. They used special ways. The coordination in this operations room was not only in terms of expertise exchange. It was not only about tactics.
"The Palestinian resistance needed surveillance of the enemy's movements. This is why the 'airforce' of the resistance was active. The Israelis downed one plane. This does not mean there was only one. They said the plane was Iranian. Whatever. They can say what they want.
"The Lebanese resistance, which helps the Palestinian resistance in Gaza, managed to deliver things needed by the resistance even during the war."
Host: "During the recent war?"
Al-Amine: "Yes. [Hizbullah delivered those things into Gaza. The other thing was the possibility of an escalation."
Host: "Was that an option?"
Al-Amine: "The Israelis could have gone mad, and opt for..."
Host: "They might have escalated further."
Ibrahim Al-Amine: "This is something Israel could do. The resistance in Lebanon had to... The axis, from south Lebanon to Sana'a was at the ready, in case the Israelis decided to go big."