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Iran closes reformist paper blaming Hamas

Iran closes reformist paper blaming Hamas

The editor of a reformist Iranian newspaper says his daily was shut for publishing a statement blaming the militant Hamas group for provoking Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Mehran Karami says a government order to close the paper _ Kargozaran _ came Wednesday. It said the move followed the publishing of a reformist student group statement saying Hamas is to blame for Israel's assault.
Karami says the statement condemned Israeli attacks but also called Hamas a terrorist organization hiding in schools and thus drawing civilian casualties.
Iran doesn't recognize Israel and President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for the destruction of the Jewish state. Tehran is Hamas' main backer but denies arming the Palestinian militants.


Updated : 2021-06-19 16:47 GMT+08:00