Hamas asks for increased arms aid from Iran

Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar

TEHRAN (FNA)- Senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar demanded Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah movement to increase their aids to the Palestinian group, saying Hamas needs more weapons and financial backup for intensifying fight against Israel.

“We (Hamas) stretch our hand of cooperation for materializing the Palestinian cause, because Palestine is an essential issue that needs more efforts,” al-Zahar said in an interview with the Arabic-language Al-Manar television on Saturday.

He noted that Hamas needs Iran’s further financial and arms aid to continue its resistance against Israel.

Al-Zahar, meantime, asked Hezbollah leader Seyed Hassan Nasrallah to increase the Lebanese resistance movement’s level of cooperation and coordination with Hamas.

He also urged the Hezbollah leader to cooperate with Hamas in bringing together and transferring the Palestinians outside the occupied territories to the (Palestinian) borders to prepare them (for confrontation with Israel).

“The Hamas movement will always and in every place stand on the side of resistance groups that are pursuing the Palestinian objective(s),” Al-Zahar added.

In relevant remarks last month, Hamas politburo member Mousa Abu Marzouk hailed Iran for its long-term and permanent support for the resistance group and the Palestinian people.

Speaking in an interview with Turkey’s Anatolia news agency, Abu Marzouk referred to Iran’s continuous support for the Palestinian ideals, stressing that Iran has always unlimitedly supported the Palestinian nation and their need to restore their denied rights.

“Hamas delegations have always visited Iran and our movement has never severed its ties with Iran,” he said.

The internationally recognized Palestinian territories of which the West Bank and East Jerusalem form a part have been occupied by the Israeli military since 1967.

The UN General Assembly on December 2, 1997 issued a resolution naming November 29 as the International Solidarity Day with the Palestinian Nation.

The day is commemorated every year in UN New York Headquarters and the other UN offices around the globe, including Vienna.

By Fars News Agency


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