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  3/6/2014, Adar Bet 4, 5774

Iran, Hamas Deny Ties with Arms Ship, Slam Israel


Iran and Hamas flatly denied, Thursday, any involvement with a weapons ship seized by Israel on Wednesday, according to Agence France Presse. Deputy Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian was quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency as saying, "The claim of sending a ship carrying Iranian weapons to Gaza is not true," adding, "This claim is merely based on the repetitive and unfounded lies of the Zionist media," aimed at derailing negotiations between world powers and Iran over its contested nuclear program.

Hamas's armed wing, the Ezzedine al-Qassam Brigades, said, "The occupation's claims over the weapons ship has no basis or truth, and no link with the Palestinian resistance." A statement from the terror group said, "This Zionist claim is a new attempt to incite against Gaza, and is pre-prepared propaganda with the malicious intention of coercing support for the blockade against the Strip."