Iranian general says Hamas attacks shift balance of power in Middle East

Iranian general says Hamas attacks shift balance of power in Middle East

14:46 - The head of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guard claimed Wednesday that the balance of power in the Middle East has changed with the Palestinians’ ability to launch so many missiles against Israel — even as the Jewish state has blocked most of the incoming fire.

“Palestinians could destroy all Israeli industrial facilities and air bases with missiles,” Gen. Hossein Salami audaciously said in a speech televised by state media.

The top commander also said the Islamic Republic supports Palestinians’ fight against the Jewish state, Reuters reported.

“Tehran backs the Palestinians’ fight against the Zionist regime,” Salami said. “The Palestinians have emerged as a missile-equipped nation.”

Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorists have fired more than 3,700 rockets at Israel, with hundreds falling short and many others intercepted by the Iron Dome system, in the latest round of hostilities.

The rockets have reached several Israeli cities, including Tel Aviv, and have brought life to a standstill in areas near Gaza.

A senior Israeli military official told the Associated Prfess Wednesday that a total of 700 rockets — roughly one-fifth of the total launched by Palestinian militants — failed to reach Israel and landed inside Gaza.

At least 219 Palestinians have been killed in counter airstrikes, including 63 children and 36 women, with 1,530 people wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. It does not break down how many militants are among the dead or whether people have died from misfired rockets.

Iran, which does not recognize Israel, supports anti-Israeli militant groups, including Hamas and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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