(Jerusalem Post) Iran has stepped-up its efforts to support Hamas in Gaza, transferring tens of millions of dollars to the Izaddin Kassam Brigades, Hamas's military wing, to help with rebuilding efforts, the Telegraph reported Sunday.
According to the report, the funds have been allocated to the rebuilding of tunnels and restocking of missile arsenals destroyed by Israel during Operation Protective Edge.
Iran's renewed support is a sign of a revival in Iran-Hamas relations, allies previously torn apart over the conflict in Syria, where Shi'ite Iran backed President Bashar Assad, while Hamas stood by its Sunni allies.
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Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal often resisted the Iranian support welcomed by the Izzadin Kassam Brigades, the Telegraph said. Yet with the escalation of Saudi-Arabian and Egyptian hostility towards Hamas, and with the strengthening of a Sunni Arab front against Iran, Hamas was left will no option but to accept the Iranian support.