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Hamas asks Iran for money, weapons

A senior Hamas delegation visited Tehran last week to ask Iran to resume its financial and military aid to the beleaguered Palestinian Islamist movement.
EDITORS' NOTE: Reuters and other foreign media are subject to Iranian restrictions on leaving the office to report, film or take pictures in Tehran.

Hamas Leader Ismail Haniyeh speaks during a ceremony to mark the 33rd anniversary of the Islamic Revolution, in Tehran's Azadi square February 11, 2012. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi  (IRAN - Tags: ANNIVERSARY POLITICS RELIGION) - RTR2XN6M

During a celebration to mark Hamas’ inauguration, which was held in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 14, Abu Obeida, a spokesman for Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, expressed his thanks to Iran for supporting Hamas with money and weapons and providing it with rockets and anti-tank missiles.

Before Hamas expressed its thanks to Iran, a high-level visit to Tehran was made by a Hamas delegation on Dec. 8. The visit was headed by Hamas political bureau member Mohammed Nasr, head of its international affairs, Osama Hamdan, Maher Obeid, Jamal Issa and Hamas representative in Tehran Khalid al-Qaddumi. The delegation met with Iranian parliament Speaker Ali Larijani in an attempt to restore Iran’s military and financial support for the movement.

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