Several officials from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) claimed that the rockets and other weapons utilized to attack Israel were supplied from Iran.
This information was revealed by watchdog organizations aimed at tracking extremist groups around the world.
David A. Daoud, an analyst from one of such organizations, the United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI), shared a video in which a member of PIJ’s Quds Force Brigade thanked the Iranian leaders for providing his unit with Badr-3 missiles.
Another video, shared by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), referred to remarks made by PIJ official Ramez Al-Halabi.
Al-Halabi is seen thanking Iran for supporting his organization with money, weapons, and food.
The PIJ official also pointed out that the rockets used to attack Tel Aviv have ‘the signature of late general Qasem Soleimani.’
Soleimani was the head of the notorious Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps’s (IRGC) Quds Force and was killed by the U.S. drone in Baghdad, early 2020.
Al-Halabi pointed out that IRGC trained his organization to be capable of engaging in war with Israel.
The PIJ official concluded his speech by wishing that ‘Allah rewards Iran for the country’s role in the Palestinian conflict.’
A revival of the conflict
The information about Iran’s role in helping PIJ came amid the revived conflict between Israel and Palestine.
The conflict escalated when Hamas, a Palestinian organization that controls the Gaza Strip, fired several bombs on Tel Aviv as a response to the restrictions Israeli authorities put on Ramadan gatherings in the country.
The Monday bombing was followed by a forceful action of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), eventually leading to an assassination of a top Hamas official.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized that the IDF action made ‘Hamas and Jihad pay the heavy price for their aggression.’
Netanyahu added that the ‘blood of Palestinians ended up being on their heads.’
It is believed that more than 70 people have been killed since the conflict started on Monday.
Several hundred are thought to be injured.
Experts emphasized that, even though just a few days have passed so far, the present conflict between Israel and Palestine presents the deadliest one since 2014.