Iran has been providing weapons to militants in the Gaza Strip in an effort to escalate Israeli-Palestinian tensions, Israel’s army said Sunday.
Israeli jets fired upon observation posts used by the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, on Saturday, a day after rockets were launched from the region into Israel. A military spokeswoman confirmed the events on Sunday.
The rockets were Iranian-produced, said the army. Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has also said they were made in Iran, according to media reports.
“The rockets were launched by a terror organization that used standard-grade Iranian weapons,” read a tweet from the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF).
“This is a severe incident that proves once more how much these terror organizations despise the residents of Gaza & are willing to put them at risk of escalation over Iranian interests.
“The Iranian regime continues to risk the safety of the residents of the Gaza Strip and puts them in grave danger. Wherever the Iranian regime operates or is involved, it only wreaks havoc and destruction.”
But the IDF also said it holds Hamas responsible for the attacks.
In the wake of the recent decision by the United States to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital – a claim contested by Palestinians – the commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard offered aid to Hamas.