Tehran was visited by the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders meet with Iranian officials, fueling concerns over terrorism in the region

On March 26, 2021, Ismail Haniyya, the head of the Politburo of the terrorist organization Hamas, visited Tehran. During his visit, he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and was received by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. At the same time as Haniyya, Ziyad al-Nahala, the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, also visited Tehran.

Ismail Haniya was born on January 29, 1963 in the Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza. In 1987, he graduated from the Islamic University of Gaza in the department of Arabic literature and joined the ranks of the new Islamic Resistance Movement (HAMAS). After being deported in 1992 by Israeli authorities to South Lebanon, he returned to the Gaza Strip a year later and began working at the Islamic University. Haniyya eventually 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 the Hamas politburo, and his tenure in this position was extended in August 2021.

Ziyad al-Nahala is a militant involved in terrorist actions who was born in 1953 in Khan Yunis, south of Gaza Strip. After being released from prison in 1985, he joined Islamist terrorist organization Islamic Jihad and took part in first intifada. Al-Nahala became Secretary General of Islamic Jihad in


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