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Iran's president meets Palestinian Hamas, Islamic Jihad leaders in Syria

The meeting between Raisi and Palestinian officials comes days after Palestinian militants fired dozens of rockets from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel in response to the death of Islamic Jihad prisoner Khader Adnan.
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Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi met on Thursday with senior Palestinian representatives from militant groups in the Syrian capital Damascus.

The official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian also attended the talks with “commanders of the Palestinian resistance groups.”

It was not immediately clear which groups took part in the meeting. But according to Khaled Abdul-Majid, an official from the Syria-based Palestinian Popular Struggle Front who attended the talks, Raisi assured the Palestinian representatives including senior leaders of Hamas and the Islamic Jihad of Iran’s ongoing support for the Palestinians.

“The Palestinian leaders thanked Iran for its support to the resistance and the Palestinian cause,” Abdul-Majid told The Associated Press.

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