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Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei held discussions with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Tehran, as reported by Iranian state media.
Haniyeh, living in Qatar and Turkey since 2019, updated Khamenei on the recent events in Gaza and actions by Israel in the region, as well as the situation in the West Bank.
Khamenei expressed admiration for the “steadfastness and resilience” of Gazans and articulated deep regret for the actions attributed to Israel, which he stated were supported by the United States and some Western nations. The meeting’s specifics, including its exact timing, were not disclosed, but Iran’s Tasnim news agency reported Khamenei’s reiteration of Tehran’s stance to back Palestinian resistance against what he called “Zionist occupiers.”
Amid escalating tensions, Iran’s religious leadership has cautioned Israel with undefined severe repercussions should the offensives against Gaza persist.