New Ha­mas leader says it is get­ting aid again from Iran

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - PAGE TWO -

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.

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