Hamas releases statement thanking Iran for ‘supporting Gaza return marches’

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In a new demonstration of the rapprochement between Iran and Islamist political group Hamas, the movement on Tuesday expressed its "thanks" to Tehran for sponsoring victims of the great march of return.

Iran has announced its "adoption" of the families of those killed and wounded in the "return marches" in Gaza. Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in a statement that the movement "values" and "highly appreciates" Iran's positions and support.

Barhoum, in a series of tweets on Tuesday, called on the Arab and Islamic countries to continue to stand by the Palestinian people and support them in the face of all challenges.

The return marches, which culminate every Friday, first began on March30. Since then, more than 230 Palestinians have been killed in Gaza and about 12,000 have been wounded with varying degrees of serious injuries.

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