Exclusive: Hamas and Islamic Jihad Leaders Meet with Iranian Leadership in Tehran Amid ongoing Middle East Conflict

Tehran was visited by the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad

On March 26th, the head of Hamas’s Politburo, Ismail Haniyya, met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Tehran. The Hamas delegation was also received by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. According to Iranian sources, Ziyad al-Nahala, the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad, visited Tehran at the same time as Haniyya.

Ismail Haniyya was born on January 29th, 1963 in the Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza. After graduating from the Islamic University of Gaza with a degree in Arabic literature in 1987, he joined the ranks of the new Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS). He was deported to South Lebanon by Israeli authorities in 1992 but returned to the Gaza Strip a year later. In 2004, he became the head of the Hamas government in Gaza after the killings of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abd al-Aziz Rantisi. In 2017, he was elected as the new head of Hamas’s Politburo and his tenure was extended in August 2021.

Ziyad al-Nahala was born in Khan Yunis, in southern Gaza Strip, in 1953. He has a history as a militant involved in terrorist actions after being released from prison in 1985. He joined Islamist terrorist organization Islamic Jihad and took part in the first intifada. Al-Nahala became Secretary General of Islamic Jihad after being elected by its members and is considered one of most wanted terrorists by US authorities. His accounts have been frozen and there is reward for information leading to his capture

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