Around a week into the current wave of escalation in Palestine — and dozens of Palestinian casualties due to the Israeli occupation army’s bombing of Gaza — Bashar al-Assad regime officials have commented on the developments, with some officials meeting with Palestinian figures in Damascus.
The foreign minister, Faysal Mekdad, commented on current developments in Palestine during a meeting with Anwar Abdel Hadi, the director-general of the Palestinian Liberation Organization’s (PLO’s) political department.
“The Palestinian people are no strangers to working miracles, and this confrontation is a miracle for the American-backed Israeli war machine,” Mekdad said on Sunday, as quoted by Al-Watan, a pro-regime newspaper.
Mekdad claimed that the regime stands ready to provide “anything that Palestine demands.”
This statement coincided with a meeting, described by pro-regime media as “urgent,” for the so-called Board of Trustees of the Quds (Jerusalem) International Foundation. The foundation is led by Bouthaina Shaaban, an advisor to Assad’s regime.
“We in Syria stand with the Palestinian people in their struggles, victories, and martyrdoms,” Shaaban said after the meeting.
For its part, the so-called Quds (Jerusalem) Force in Aleppo organized a rally in solidarity with Palestine and chanted slogans in solidarity with Gaza.
“We are one people, we are from Palestine, and we went out to Palestine to support the resistance, as well as the heroes and guerrilla fighters,” said Major-General Mohammed al-Saeed.
The Quds Force is one of the most visible militias that participated alongside Assad’s forces in battles to seize control of Aleppo in 2015 and 2016.
It belongs to the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and lost dozens of its members in the battles fought alongside the Assad regime forces.
Based in the Aleppo Governorate, the Quds Force militia was established in 2014 under the leadership of al-Saeed.
Most Quds Force militants hail from the al-Nireb Palestinian refugee camp, in the east of Aleppo city.
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