Hezbollah 'congratulates the heroic Palestinian people' on 'victory'

Lebanon's Hezbollah 'congratulates the heroic Palestinian people' on 'historic victory' over Israel
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Lebanon's Hezbollah hailed a 'historic victory' after the Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Hamas and Israel went into effect at 2am local time on Friday.
Hezbollah hailed 'the heroic Palestinian people and its valiant resistance' [MAHMOUD ZAYYAT/AFP/Getty-file photo]

Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement hailed a "historic victory" for the Palestinians after a ceasefire took effect Friday between the Israelis and Gaza militants following 11 days of fighting.

"Hezbollah congratulates the heroic Palestinian people and its valiant resistance on the historic victory achieved... against the Zionist enemy," the Shiite militant group said in a statement.

Hezbollah, which fought its own devastating war with Israel in 2006 but remains a powerful force in Lebanese politics, has close relations with Gaza's Islamist rulers Hamas.

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The Egyptian-brokered ceasefire went into effect at 2:00am on Friday (2300 GMT Thursday), ending the most serious fighting in years.

Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 232 Palestinians, including 65 children, as well as fighters, according to health authorities in the enclave.

Meanwhile, rockets fired by Gaza militants claimed 12 lives in Israel, including two children and an Israeli soldier, according to the police.