Iran Confirms: 'We Are Proud to Defend Hamas' Militarily
Iran has sent financial and military aid to Hamas in Gaza in an attempt to boost the efforts of the terrorist group as it continuously and unremittingly launches attacks against the Jewish state, parliament speaker Ali Larijani said on Wednesday.
"We are proud to defend the people of Palestine and Hamas ... and that our assistance to them has been both financial and military," he said without elaborating, in remarks reported by parliament's website, ICANA.ir, according to AFP.
Iran has never sought to conceal its support for Hamas and the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip but generally eschews mention of sending military aid.
Israel has long accused the Islamic Republic of supplying Hamas with its Fajr 5 missile, used to target the metropolitan area of Tel Aviv, which lies approximately 70 km (43 miles) north of Gaza.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards chief General Mohammad Ali Jafari said on Wednesday that Tehran was only responsible for having shared the missile's "technology."
Jafari stated that "Iran provides technical assistance to all Muslims who fight against world arrogance," using a term used by Iranian officials to describe the West and Israel, the ISNA news agency reported.
The Fajr 5 missiles launched at Tel Aviv "have not been delivered from Iran, but their technology has," Jafari said, adding that the missiles were being "rapidly produced" in Gaza.