Sunday, June 24, 2007
'Iran behind Hamas coup in Gaza'
"The Palestinian intelligence chief accused Iran of close involvement in Hamas' violent takeover of Gaza Sunday, saying Tehran funded the Islamic militants and trained hundreds of them.
The intelligence chief, Tawfiq Tirawi, said the battle for Gaza earlier this month was carefully orchestrated.
"It was a joint program with Iran," he said. In implied criticism of Syria, he noted that Hamas' leadership is based there, stating that a month before the battle for Gaza began, the Syrian-based leaders of Hamas met with the heads of the Hamas military wing in an undisclosed Arab capital......."