Iran's Khamenei says Tehran was not behind Hamas attack on Israel

Times postoct 16, 20233
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Tehran was not involved in the militant Hamas group's weekend attack on Israel, Iran's top authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday, but hailed what he called Israel's "irreparable" military and intelligence defeat.

Iran’s top authority Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday that Tehran had not been involved in the Hamas group’s weekend attack on Israel, but he hailed what he called Israel’s “irreparable” military and intelligence defeat. In his first televised speech since the attack, Khamenei said “we kiss the hands of those who planned the attack on the Zionist regime.” “This destructive earthquake has destroyed some critical structures (in Israel) which will not be repaired easily ... The Zionist regime’s own actions are to blame for this disaster,” said Khamenei. Iran has long backed the Hamas group, which controls the Gaza Strip and rejects Israel’s right to exist. Israel said earlier on Tuesday it had re-established control over the Gaza border and was planting mines where militants had toppled the barrier during their bloody weekend assault, after another night of relentless Israeli air raids on the enclave. The United States said on Monday Iran was complicit in Hamas’ assault on Israel, though it said it had no intelligence or evidence pointing to Tehran’s direct participation.

srael has long accused Iranian leaders of supplying arms to Hamas and promoting violence in The Levant. Tehran has previously admitted to supporting Hamas with moral and financial support. US officials claimed Iran was complicit in the Hamas attack and warned the country not to become involved further, but added there is no intelligence to support this claim. French officials also stated on Tuesday that they believe Hamas had outside cooperation, but could not find concrete evidence linking Iran to the planning of the attack. At 7:45 EDT on October 1o, Israeli TV put the death toll at 900 and Gaza’s Health Ministry stated over 687 Palestinians are dead after retaliatory airstrikes.