Iran provided Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas with the technology it has used to rain down rockets on Israel from Gaza, its parliament speaker said on Thursday.
Tehran frequently boasts of the financial and material support it gives to Palestinian militant groups Hamas and Islamic Jihad but more rarely talks of its military assistance.
“Today, the fighters in Gaza have good capabilities and can meet their own needs for weapons,” speaker Ali Larijani told the Arabic service of state television.
“But once upon a time, they needed the arms manufacture know-how and we gave it to them,” he said.
During the last major conflict in and around Gaza in November 2012, Larijani said Iran was “proud” to have provided “both financial and military support” to Hamas.