Yahya Sinwar: Iran is largest financial backer of Hamas' armed wing

On Monday, Hamas' leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said that Iran is the largest financial backer of his group's armed wing, the Washington Post reported. A few months ago, Iran and Hamas agreed to rekindle the close ties they enjoyed before the war in Syria.
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Hamas' leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar confirmed Monday that the close ties between Iran and his organization have been renewed. Speaking to reporters for the first time since he became the head of the terrorist organization in Gaza, Sinwar said that Iran is the largest financial backer of Hamas' armed wing, according to the Washington Post.

Earlier this month, senior Hamas members met with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Tehran. According to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Zarif expressed his country’s support for the “Palestinian cause” during the meeting. The news agency added that Zarif told the Hamas members that Tehran’s “stance on Palestine was enduring and unalterable.”

As reported previously by JerusalemOnline, representatives from Iran’s government and Hamas met in Lebanon in May and decided to rekindle the close ties the two sides once enjoyed. According to the London-based news site Asharq al-Awsat, Palestinian sources revealed that during the meetings, Iran agreed to resume its funding for the Palestinian terrorist organization.

The ties between Hamas and Tehran plummeted when the Syrian civil war began. Already in the beginning of the war, Hamas spoke out against Syrian President Bashar Assad, one of whose major allies is Iran, and ever since, Iran’s funding for the terrorist organization has decreased.

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