Hamas leader thanks Iran for supplying weapons to Gaza


Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict


The head of the Palestinian resistance movement thanked Iran for supplying military support and financial backing during the recent conflict with Israel in a televised address yesterday.

Just hours after Israel and Palestinian authorities agreed to a ceasefire, Ismail Haniyeh, a chief figure in Hamas, gave a warning that it will continue to “defend” Jerusalem.

“Jerusalem remains the center of the conflict,” he said according to a report by the Jerusalem Post, suggesting fighting in the region will continue.

Haniyeh thanked “the Islamic Republic of Iran; who did not hold back with money, weapons and technical support.” “We will use the aid of other Arab countries as well,” he added.

Haniyeh’s comments coincided with remarks made by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Friday, who called on Muslim nations to take up arms in support of Palestinians.

“Muslim states must sincerely support the Palestinian people, through military…or financial support…or in rebuilding Gaza’s infrastructure,” Khamenei said in a statement, first reported Reuters.

The Iranian leader urged Muslims to demand their government support Palestinians and called for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to be “prosecuted by international and independent courts.”

Khamenei’s comments followed reports of unrest in other Gulf nations as the violent exchange between Israel and the Palestinian territories persisted for 11 days.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry claimed the Palestinians had won a “historic victory” over Israel.

“Congratulations to our Palestinian sisters and brothers for the historic victory. Your resistance forced the aggressor to retreat,” ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a tweet.—AP