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Hamas leader meets Iran’s Khamenei in Tehran

Iran is the main financial backer of Hamas. Its proxies across the region have increased attacks on US and Israeli targets in recent weeks.
Haniyeh meets Khamenei

As the month-long Israel-Hamas war continues, Ismail Haniyeh, chief of Hamas’ political bureau, met recently with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei in Tehran, according to Iranian state media.

Iranian media outlets did not reveal the exact date of the meeting. Iran’s state TV reported on Sunday that Haniyeh “briefed Khamenei on the latest developments in the Gaza Strip and the crimes of the Zionist regime in Gaza, as well as the developments in the West Bank.”

According to the Islamic Republic News Agency, Khamenei "strongly condemned the crimes committed by the Zionist regime with the direct support of the US and some Western countries."

Osama Hamdan, Hamas’ representative in Lebanon and senior member of the group's political wing, first revealed Haniyeh’s visit to Iran in a statement to the pro-Hezbollah Al-Mayadeen TV on Saturday. He did not say when the meeting was held or provide further details on the talks.

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