Hamas, the Palestinian resistance group, has categorically denied claims made by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) linking their recent attack in Israel to the assassination of a top Iranian commander. This denial comes after IRGC spokesperson Ramadan Sharif attributed Hamas' October 7 attack against Israel as retribution for the 2020 killing of Quds Force commander Qasem Soleimani in a US airstrike.
The Iranian state news agency IRNA quoted Sharif on Wednesday, but Hamas swiftly responded with a statement contradicting these claims.
"The Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas denies the validity of what was stated by the spokesman for the IRGC," the statement read.
It emphasized that "All Palestinian resistance actions came in response to the presence of the occupation and its continued aggression against our people and our sanctities."
The October 7 Attack
Hamas' attack on October 7 was marked by violence that swept through parts of southern Israel.
The attack resulted in the deaths of over 1,200 people, predominantly civilians, and saw approximately 240 individuals taken hostage, including women, the elderly, and children. The scale and impact of this event have been a focal point of regional tensions.
Iran's Stance on Involvement
While Iranian officials have acknowledged financial backing and support for Hamas and other groups in the region, they have consistently denied any direct involvement in their actions. This stance has been maintained even as Tehran faces scrutiny over its ties to various groups in the Middle East.
The claims by the IRGC spokesperson came amid rising tensions in the region. IRNA reported the recent killing of another Iranian commander, Seyyed Razi Mousavi, in an Israeli airstrike in Syria. The Israeli military, however, has not commented on this report.
Sharif reiterated Iran's threats of revenge against Israel, stating that Iran would respond to the "Israeli regime for the assassination of a senior military adviser in Syria," and pledged retribution for "the terrorist attack in different times and places."