Iran has transferred tens of millions of dollars to Hamas to help the Palestinian terror group rebuild its network of tunnels destroyed by Israel during last summer’s Gaza war, according to a report in the U.K.’s Telegraph.
Citing intelligence sources, The Telegraph also reported that Iran has also restored funding for new missile supplies to replenish stocks that were used up during the Gaza war.
Once close terror allies, Iran and Hamas had a falling out over the Syrian Civil War, which saw Hamas chief Khaled Meshaal leave Damascus for new headquarters in Qatar. However, the latest move may signal a return to strong ties between Iran and Hamas as the Islamic Republic is stepping up its regional influence in areas such as Lebanon, Syria, Iraq Yemen and Gaza.
At the same time, Sunni Arab states such as Saudi Arabia and Egypt announced the formation of a joint Arab army to counter the influence of Iran and fight Islamic extremism. Israel has also warned of Iranian expansionism in the region with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu fearing that the Iran nuclear framework deal announced last week may strengthen its regional influence.