The Palestinians Have Emerged as a Missile-Equipped Nation, Says Guards Chief

FILE PHOTO: Iranian-made Fateh 110 (Conqueror) (L) and Persian Gulf (R) missiles are seen next to a portrait of Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei . REUTERS

DUBAI, May 19 (Reuters) Iran supports Palestinians’ fight against Israel, the head of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

“Tehran backs the Palestinians’ fight against the Zionist regime (Israel),” Hossein Salami said. “The Palestinians have emerged as a missile-equipped nation.”

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Iran supports the Hamas militants who rule the Gaza Strip and have fired hundreds of rockets across the border at Israel.

Israel, which Iran does not recognise, said on Wednesday it was not setting a timeframe for an end to hostilities with Gaza’s Islamist militias as it pounded the enclave with air strikes.

(Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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