Iran denies Israeli allegations on Gaza missile deliveries
Gaza has been under an Israeli blockade for years, forcing Palestinians in the territory to dig tunnels to obtain supplies covertly from other countries such as Egypt. However, the tunnels have been targeted by Egyptian authorities, causing many of them to shut down (File Archive/AFP)
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An Iranian deputy foreign minister has rejected Israel’s allegation that Tehran has sent missiles to the blockaded Gaza Strip.
The allegation that a ship boarded from Iran en route to Gaza with advanced rockets is basically unfounded, Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir Abdollahian said on Wednesday.
In Gaza, Palestinian resistance movements of Hamas and Islamic Jihad also rejected the accusation.
Hamas Interior Ministry called the Israeli claim a dangerous move aimed at justifying the seven-year blockade on the Gaza Strip.
Israel earlier claimed that its naval forces had raided a ship in the Red Sea and seized dozens of rockets from Iran destined for Hamas in Gaza.
Gaza remains under a crippling blockade which has been in place for over seven years. The closure in effect cuts off the populated sliver from the rest of the world, turning the densely populated strip -- home to some 1.7 million Palestinians -- into the largest open-air prison in the world.
The humanitarian crisis facing Gaza has escalated as the only power plant in the coastal enclave has stopped working since last November due to severe fuel shortage.
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