Prior to the attacks on Israel on October 7, up to 500 members of the Gaza-based terrorist groups Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) received training in Iran.
Terrorists underwent specialized military training during Iranian-sponsored exercises that took place in September, according to a Wednesday article in The Wall Street Journal.
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) Quds Force, which is in charge of overseas operations, oversaw the training. Senior Palestinian sources claim that Iranian Brig. Gen. Esmail Ghaani, who leads the Quds Force, attended. After Qassem Soleimani, the previous commander, was killed by American forces in Baghdad on January 3, 2020, Ghaani took control.
On October 7, 1,400 Israelis were killed and almost 5,300 were injured by Hamas militants.
They also kidnapped some 200 individuals, dragged them back to Gaza, and concealed them in tunnels.
The terrorists carried out their attack using motorcycles, drones, and paragliders, the last of which is a typical form of transportation for Iranian paramilitary forces but was not used by Hamas until October 7, according to the Journal.
Iran was involved in the strike, according to Israel. Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari, spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, claimed on Wednesday that Iran is aiding Hamas by providing it with intelligence while simultaneously escalating anti-Israel sentiment around the world.
According to Hagari, Iran also provided training, equipment, financial support, and technological know-how to Hamas. Senior Hamas members have publicly expressed gratitude to Iran for its assistance.
Hezbollah and Iran provided us with weapons, technical know-how, and knowledge, according to Khaled Meshaal, a top Hamas official who spoke to Al Arabiya. However, American officials have refrained from blaming the Islamic Republic, stating that they do not know whether Iran underwent training expressly for October 7.
“According to the evidence we have, Iran is not directly linked to the Hamas strikes on October 7 in any way. Again, that’s something we’ll keep an eye on, the Pentagon’s spokesperson, Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder, said last week, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga’s Saeid Golkar, an IRGC expert, told the newspaper: “This kind of operation is very impossible to accomplish without Hezbollah and IRGC help.
Hamas lacks the capacity to carry out that action. Israel’s Channel 12 News released images of a big convoy of Hamas terrorists guarding the Israeli border around a month before the attack on Wednesday night. The station claims that the terrorists paused briefly to inspect the border fence at one point.