Tehran gave Hamas missile technology

Updated 05 August 2014

Tehran gave Hamas missile technology

TEHRAN: Hamas is able to fire missiles into Israel because Tehran provided weapons technology to the group to defend itself against Israeli attacks, a senior Iranian official said Monday.
The Secretary of the Expediency Discernment Council, Mohsen Rezaei, was quoted by Al-Alam, the Arabic channel of Iran’s state TV, as also saying Hamas should also dig tunnels to be used as shelter to protect Gaza’s population from Israeli assaults.
“Palestinian resistance missiles are the blessings of Iran’s transfer of technology. We need to transfer defensive and military technology to Palestinians so that they can build weapons under the blockade and defend themselves,” Rezaei said.
Rezaei, a former chief commander of Iran’s powerful Revolutionary Guard, also urged Hamas to capture Israeli soldiers to use them as bargaining chips in its battle against Israel.


Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

Updated 15 September 2019

Algeria to go the polls on December 12, says interim president

ALGIERS: Algeria — whose president Abdelaziz Bouteflika resigned in April following mass protests — is to hold a presidential election on December 12, his interim successor announced Sunday.

"I have decided... that the date of the presidential election will be Thursday, December 12," said Abdelkader Bensalah, who is precluded from standing himself, in a televised address.

The announcement comes after army chief General Ahmed Gaid Salah, seen as the strongman in Algeria since the fall of Bouteflika, insisted that polls be held by the end of this year, despite ongoing protests demanding the creation of new institutions ahead of any elections.