HIZBOLLAH, HAMAS LEADERS ATTEND A POLITICAL CONFERENCE.
Iranian parliamentarian Ali Akbar Mohtashemi, flanked by the head of
Lebanon's Iranian-backed Hizbollah guerrilla group Sheikh Hassan
Nasrallah (L) and Khaled Meshal, politburo head of the Palestinian
group Hamas attend a political conference in Beirut January 9, 2002.
Meshal said two members of Hamas had earlier died in a raid that killed
four Israeli troops in southern Israel, in apparent violation of the
group's pledge to halt armed attacks in Israel. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir