New Hamas leader says relations with Iran have been restored

GAZA, GAZA STRIP - NOVEMBER 14: Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the military wing of Hamas, hold a military parade on the 1st anniversary of Israel's attack on Gaza on 2012, November 14. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip — The new Gaza leader of the Palestinian militant group Hamas says it has restored relations with Iran and is gearing up for renewed hostilities with Israel.
Yehiyeh Sinwar told reporters Monday that Iran is now “the largest backer financially and militarily” to Hamas’ armed wing. It was his first meeting with journalists since taking up his post in February.
Iran was once Hamas’ largest backer. But relations cooled after Hamas refused to back Iran’s close ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in his country’s civil war.
Sinwar says that with Iran’s help, Hamas is “accumulating” its military powers in preparation for a battle meant for “the liberation of Palestine.”
Hamas, a militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction, has fought three wars with Israel since seizing control of Gaza in 2007.

Source- The Washington Post

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