Report: Iran to resume major funding for Hamas terror group

According to Asharq al-Awsat, Palestinian sources said that Tehran plans to resume its funding for Hamas. This decision was made after representatives from the Gaza-based terror group and the Shiite Islamic republic met in Lebanon for a series of in-depth discussions.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Photo Credit: EPA

Palestinian sources claim that Iran has agreed to resume its funding for Hamas, according to Asharq al-Awsat. The London-based Arabic news site cited the sources who added that Iran and Hamas conducted discussions in Lebanon recently. At the end of the discussions between the two, Tehran decided that it will renew its financial backing for Hamas.

The relations between the Palestinian terror group and the Shiite Islamic republic plummeted as the Syrian civil war began, when Hamas spoke out against Syrian President Bashar Assad, one of whose major allies is Iran. Since the outbreak of the bloody war, Iran’s funding for Hamas has decreased.  

The report also stated that Ismail Haniyeh, the new head of Hamas’ political bureau, will visit Iran soon as his organization and the country rekindle their close ties. During his visit to Saudi Arabia, U.S. President Donald Trump mentioned Iran’s ties to various terror organizations: “From Lebanon to Iraq to Yemen, Iran funds, arms, and trains terrorists, militias and other extremist groups that spread destruction and chaos across the region. For decades, Iran has fueled the fires of sectarian conflict and terror.”

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