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Iran ‘is intensifying efforts to support Hamas in Gaza’

Palestinian militants of a military wing of Hamas, take part in a parade in Gaza Photo: Adel Hana/AP

Iran has sent Hamas’s military wing tens of millions of dollars to help it rebuild the network of tunnels in Gaza destroyed by Israel’s invasion last summer, intelligence sources have told The Sunday Telegraph.

It is also funding new missile supplies to replenish stocks used to bombard residential neighbourhoods in Israel during the war, code-named Operation Protective Edge by Israel.

The renewed funding is a sign that the two old allies are putting behind them a rift caused by the conflict in Syria, where Shia Iran is backing President Bashar al-Assad against Hamas’s mainly Sunni allies.

Hamas’s leader, Khaled Meshaal, who left Damascus for Qatar after falling out with the Assad regime, has often fought with Hamas’s military wing over the strength of the Iranian connection.

However, with the Sunni Arab world joining forces against Iran, led by Saudi Arabia and President Abdelfattah el-Sisi of Egypt, who are both hostile to Hamas, the Palestinian militant group has been left little option but to accept the Iranian largesse…

  • Ron MacDonald

    Thanks to Obama Iran will have lots of extra funds to support terrorism.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Thank goodness!
    Yes, HAMAS being replaced by Hezbollah is like having your AIDS cured by Ebola.

    • Jay Currie

      More like getting Ebola when you already have AIDS.