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Iranian long-range missile technology sent to Gaza, commander says

By Nasser Karimi

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 05:41 a.m. HST, Nov 21, 2012

TEHRAN, Iran >> Iran has supplied Hamas in Gaza with the technology to "quickly" produce longer-range missiles on their own without needing direct shipments, said a report today that quoted the head of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard.

The comments by Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari offer some of the clearest insights on Iran's weapons support for Hamas, whose Iranian-engineered Fajr-5 missiles have struck near Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during weeklong battles with Israel.

"Gaza is under siege, so we cannot help them. The Fajr-5 missiles have not been shipped from Iran. Its technology has been transferred and (the missiles are) being produced quickly," Jafari was quoted as saying by the semiofficial ISNA news agency.

Iran has repeatedly denied it directly supplied Hamas with the Fajr-5. The ISNA report gave no further details on the level of missile know-how sent to Gaza or the channels used.

Israel charges that Iran sends weapons, including rockets, to Gaza through a network of smuggling tunnels under the 9-mile border between Gaza and Egypt.

Iran also backs the anti-Israel faction Hezbollah in Lebanon, which fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong 2006 war.

Iran's parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, meanwhile, said his country was "honored" that Iran could help Palestinians with "material and military aspects." He did not elaborate.

He criticized Arab countries for failing to help arm Hamas and other Palestinian group. "The Palestinian nation does not need speeches and meetings. Arab countries should send military aid," he was quoted as saying by the semiofficial Fars news agency.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei also chided other Muslim nations for not rallying behind Gaza in the latest showdown with Israel.

"Some of them sufficed with words, and some others did not condemn" Israel, Khamenei said, according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Gaza over the past week in an operation it says is meant to stop daily rocket salvos by Gaza militants at Israel.

Iran and Israel are bitter enemies, and the two nations are locked in a deepening dispute over Iran's nuclear program. The West and others fear Iran could eventually produce nuclear weapons, and Israel has left open the option of staging a military strike at its nuclear facilities.

Iran says its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes such as power generation and cancer treatment.

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loquaciousone wrote:
Iranians should all be comedians. How in the world would Hamas have the capability to build a factory to produce weapons much less make them while Israel is bombing the heck out of them and any suspected enemy site?
on November 21,2012 | 06:00AM
allie wrote:
USA is arming Israeli so fair is fair. Iran has the same right to arm its allies
on November 21,2012 | 07:16AM
Pacej001 wrote:
Such an irrational comment, from an irrational perspective by assuming the moral equivalence of the two pa. However, it does work if you extend your logic to a fair and just endgame. In war, especially one provoked by one of the belligerents (the Palestinians in this case), the other party has the right to respond to end the war, meaning Israel may reasonably respond to attacks by destroying Hamas and re-occupying or physically isolating Gaza.
on November 21,2012 | 08:37AM
Akhmed_PKC wrote:
and you are a kook.
on November 21,2012 | 01:40PM
Usagi336 wrote:
All those millions of dollars worth of weapons being sent to Gaza. Why not send things that will help make the peoples living conditions better? If there are ways to get weapons to the people, then there are ways to get anything to the people. It would serve Hamas's purpose to have their people live in misery and get blown up by Israel. This way the world, or at least the muslim Countries, will support them more.
on November 21,2012 | 08:20AM
saveparadise wrote:
Imagine being brainwashed from childhood to kill an enemy and die a martyr. The child literally becomes a human robot with bad intentions. Now imagine a whole population of these people born into this religious doctrine for generations. This is what we are up against. No amount of coercion will change these type of Muslims, N. Koreans, or even our own children bred from a dysfunctional household for that matter.
on November 21,2012 | 09:59AM
Waterman2 wrote:
There is only one way to an afterlife/paradise for an Islamic. Martyrdom. No forgiveness, no grace.....ever murder while martyring themselves gets them eternal life. How sick can this be ?
on November 21,2012 | 12:04PM
cojef wrote:
Wow! Harsh criticism, but it passed the SA censors, which surprises me. Anyhow, it did pass because Islamic was used. Needless, to say the Iranians are direct and openly admit that they are providing the technology, whereas, our Government has prohibition against sending technology to our enemies, it will send it to,our allies. However, we do not openly admit it to provoke our enemies. The Iranian General has ba-ls.
on November 21,2012 | 12:38PM
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