Hamas and Islamic Jihad Leaders Meet with Iranian Officials: A Closer Look at the History of Terrorism

Tehran was visited by the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad

On March 26, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyya and Islamic Jihad Secretary General Ziyad al-Nahala visited Tehran to meet with Iranian officials. Haniyya, born in Gaza in 1963, is the head of Hamas’s Politburo and has a history as a militant involved in terrorist activities. He was deported by Israeli authorities in 1992 but returned to the Gaza Strip a year later and eventually became the head of the Hamas government after the deaths of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abd al-Aziz Rantisi.

Al-Nahala, born in Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, is also a militant with a history of terrorism. After being released from prison in 1985, he joined Islamic Jihad and took part in the first intifada. Al-Nahala became the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad in 2018 and is considered one of the most wanted terrorists by US authorities. His accounts have been frozen, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture. Both leaders met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during their visit to Tehran.

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