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Hamas attributes victory against Israel to Iranian support

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Hamas representative in Iran, Khaled al-Qaddoumi (file photo)

A Hamas official has said the Palestinians won the latest war against Israel thanks to the support provided by Iran.

In an interview with Press TV on Monday, Hamas representative in Iran Khaled al-Qaddoumi said rockets fired from Gaza were in response to Israeli atrocities against Palestinians at al-Aqsa Mosque and the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem al-Quds.

Asked about who was the victor in the latest confrontation, he said, “It is not the matter of who is the victor. It’s the matter of how much the resistance fighters managed to thwart the goals of the Israeli regime and to convey the message of the Palestinian people to the international community."

“The Zionist regime's narrative is starting to be isolated,” he said, noting that there are Jews in the US state of New York who oppose Israeli atrocities as well as European nations who are questioning their governments’ support for the Israeli entity.

“Yes, we were the victors,” he finally said. 

Qaddoumi also dismissed casualty figures given by Israeli authorities, saying they were “not accurate”, and that the fatalities were higher than the official numbers.

Referring to achievements made by resistance forces, he said they managed to attack “at least six airbases” in the occupied Palestinian territories, including Hatzerim airbase, as well as a battery of the Iron Dome missile system.

Israel, he said, announced a unilateral ceasefire after the rocket fire from Gaza eroded the morale of Israeli army officers and left “70 percent” of Israelis hiding underground.

Referring to the barrage of rockets fired at Israel during the latest confrontation, Qaddoumi said the Israeli siege imposed on Gaza has helped resistance fighters find innovative ways to defend themselves.

Qadoumi also attributed the Palestinians victory to the support provided by Iran to the Palestinian resistance, including rocket technology.

“This technology has been transferred also from other brothers in the Muslim Ummah,” he said, adding Iran “was on the top of them”.

The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli blockade since June 2007. It has caused a decline in living standards as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and poverty.

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