The US-based Wall Street Journal (WSJ), citing senior members of Hamas and Hezbollah, claimed that Iranian security officials helped plan the surprise attack and gave final approval.
4 Militant Groups Meet In Beirut
According to the report, the details of the operation were worked out during a meeting in Beirut between Iranian Revolutionary Guards officers and representatives of four Iranian-backed militant groups, including Hamas and Hezbollah.
“Operation Given The Green Light At The Last Meeting”
“Iranian security officials helped plan the Hamas attack on Israel and gave the green light for the operation at a recent meeting in the Lebanese capital Beirut,” the newspaper said.
“A Complex Operation Was Designed”
The US-based newspaper claimed that the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) played an important role in the planning and execution of the Hamas attack, and wrote that army officials had been designing a complex operation involving air, ground and naval attacks in cooperation with Hamas since August.
Hamas Spokesman: We Received Direct Support From Iran
Hamas spokesman Ghazi Hamad told the British broadcaster BBC that Hamas received direct support from Iran for the operation. Hamad said that other countries were also helping Hamas, but did not name them.
Blinken: No Evidence Tehran Directed The Attack
Addressing the allegation, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Sunday that there was no concrete evidence that Tehran directed or was behind the attack. Blinken, however, acknowledged Iran’s long-standing relationship with these groups.