BEIRUT, Lebanon, May 14 (UPI) -- Hezbollah officials said their opposition against Israel had extended beyond the Lebanese border to include support for Palestinian militants.
In April, officials in Cairo said they had uncovered a Hezbollah cell operating in the Sinai peninsula that was planning simultaneous attacks on Egyptian soil as well as supporting militants with Hamas.
Hezbollah Secretary-General Hassan Nasrallah had said one of the Sinai suspects -- Mohammad Yousef Mansour, or Sami Shihab -- was serving as a Hezbollah intermediary for the Palestinian Hamas, but he maintained Hezbollah's militancy was directed solely at Israel from southern Lebanon.
Anonymous sources told Gulf News in April that Hezbollah officials had admitted to smuggling weapons to Hamas, but in a rare interview with the Financial Times, Hezbollah Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem openly acknowledged the activity.
"We have always said that we supported the resistance in Palestine, but we have not mentioned how or given details of such support," he said. "But Egypt has now revealed that we have given military support to Palestine. We have done so for a while, but we have not talked about it."
The claims come as Lebanon prepares for provincial elections in June, where the March 8 coalition, which includes lawmakers from Hezbollah, is expected to take a slim majority over the pro-Western March 14 slate.