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Iran cuts Hamas’ funding for backing Syrian opposition
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Hamas has sided with Syria’s Sunni co-religionists who are trying to unseat President Bashar al-Assad, while Iran continues to support Mr. Assad, “whose Alawite regime is religiously loosely related to the Shia Islam practiced by Iran’s ruling theocracy,” The Telegraph reports.
“I can say it is not like the past,” he said of Iranian funding, as The Telegraph reports. “I cannot give you the exact amount. For supporting the Syrian revolution, we lost very much.”
Iran gave Hamas — which governs the Gaza Strip — an estimated $20 million to $23 million a month after Hamas‘ victory in the 2006 Palestinian legislative elections — enough to cover its budget, political expert Adnan Abu Amer told The Telegraph.
Iran still sends a “tiny amount” to maintain minimal ties, but relations have been all but severed, he added.
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