Hamas' Gaza Chief: Iran Will Help Muslim World to Liberate Al Aqsa Mosque

Speaking at a Tehran rally marking 33 years to the Islamic Revolution, militant organization's PM says massive turnout bodes well for future of 'Palestinian resistance.'

Iran will help Muslims around the world to liberate Jerusalem's Al Aqsa Mosque, Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh said in Tehran on Sunday, as the Iran was celebrating 33 years to the Islamic Revolution.

Haniyeh's comments came as the Gaza PM continued his visit to Iran, and after saying on Saturday that Hamas would never acknowledge Israel.

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"They [West] want from us to stop resistance and acknowledge Israel but I herewith announce that this will never happen," Haniyeh said through an interpreter, adding that the group's "message and the message of all those who lost their blood in the Palestinian lands is that all occupied lands will eventually be liberated from Israeli occupation."

Speaking as we participated in mass rallies in Tehran, Haniyeh reiterated what he perceived as Iran's place in supporting the Palestinian cause against Israel, saying that "Muslims through full unity and with the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran will liberate Al Aqsa mosque in the future.

This massive participation of people makes us hopeful about the future of the Islamic ummah [nation] and the victory of the Palestinian resistance, Haniyeh told the Iranian Mehr News Agency.

Meeting with Haniyeh on Saturday, Iran's Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi told the Gaza PM that "Iran will not retreat one iota from its position on defending the rights of the Palestinian people."

"Iran "will use everything at its disposal to support the oppressed Palestinians," he said, adding, "The Palestinian issue is a red line for us."