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Iran builds underground tunnels in Gaza to support Hamas

Iran continues to provide assistance to Hamas the terrorist group, and a resistant organization. Reports are confirmed that there is military aid in the form of supply of combat equipment and rockets that could hit Israel’s ground forces.

It has recently, started assisting in the digging of tunnels from Gaza to facilitate easy military movement, apart from the development of rockets. All this has been through direct financial aid by Iran.

Iran continues to trains dozens of military operatives for fighting and intelligence gathering. It has also been assisting in developing the command and control of the resistance organizations.

Apparently, Hamas and Iran have now enjoyed a rather close relationship, though the sides were at odds for several years after Hamas refused to support Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad, a close ally of Iran’s, in the uprising against him. An angry Iran then reportedly stopped supplying the terror group with weapons.

The tide seemed to turn in the summer of 2017 when Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh thanked Iran for its “unlimited” support for the Al-Qassam Brigades and its contribution to the development of Hamas’s military capabilities.

In October of that year, deputy Hamas leader Salah al-Aruri, a sanctioned terrorist, led a delegation to Iran, where he stressed that the group and Iran have agreed to set aside their past differences. In December of 2018, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud al-Zahar and a delegation of Hamas leaders visited Tehran.

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