New Hamas leader says it is getting aid again from Iran
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Hamas’ new leader in the Gaza Strip said Monday his group repaired relations with Iran after a five-year rift and is using its newfound financial and military aid to gear up for new hostilities with Israel.
The announcement by Yehiyeh Sinwar came as U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was visiting Israel.
Iran once was the top backer of Hamas, an Islamic militant group that seeks Israel’s destruction. But Hamas broke with Iran in 2012 after the group refused to support Iran’s close ally, Syrian President Bashar Assad, in the Syrian civil war.
During a four-hour meeting with journalists, Sinwar said those ties were restored and are stronger than ever.
“Today, the relationship with Iran is excellent, or very excellent,” Sinwar said.