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Hamas: ‘Natural right’ of Iran to attack Israel

Tehran's unprecedented military assault on Israel was "a deserved response" for the killing of Iranian IRGC leaders in Damascus, said the terror group.

Members of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the "military" wing of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, stand guard in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 14, 2022. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.
Members of Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the "military" wing of the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas, stand guard in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Dec. 14, 2022. Photo by Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90.

Hamas on Sunday welcomed Iran’s launch of more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel overnight Saturday, calling the attack Tehran’s “natural right.”

“We in Hamas regard the military operation conducted by the Islamic Republic of Iran a natural right and a deserved response [for] the crime of targeting the Iranian consulate in Damascus and the assassination of several leaders of the [Islamic] Revolutionary Guards,” the terror group said in a statement.

Several Iranian IRGC officers, including Brig. Gen. Mohammad Zahedi, were killed during the April 1 strike, which Tehran has blamed on the Jewish state.

Israel has not officially taken responsibility for the attack, but four officials told The New York Times last week that Jerusalem ordered the strike.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on Saturday night said it had launched its unprecedented attack “in response to the numerous crimes of the Zionist regime, including the attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus.”

In an English-language post on X, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei shared a recording of an April 10 sermon in which he said, “The malicious [Israeli] regime has made a wrong move in this case. It should be punished, and it will be punished.”

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