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Iran Funds Homes in Gaza

Iran Funds Homes in Gaza

Friday, 18 January, 2019 - 06:30
A general view shows the water border line betwen Israel and the Gaza Strip as it is seen from the Israeli side near Zikim. Reuters file photo
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Hamas said Thursday it had allocated new homes funded by Iran in the Gaza Strip to former Palestinian prisoners who had been held in Israeli jails.

The prisoners ministry said 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza Khan Younes had been given out in a lottery between 125 former Palestinian prisoners, Agence France Presse reported.

Officials from Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, said the program was the first of its kind funded by Iran.

A second building will be constructed in northern Gaza, the ministry said, adding the project aimed to "reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners."

Iran has long been a strong backer of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad, providing them with funds, weapons and training.

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