Dual Leaders of Terrorist Organizations Meet with Iranian Officials: Ismail Haniyya and Ziyad al-Nahala Discuss Strategic Plans in Tehran

Tehran was visited by the leaders of Hamas and Islamic Jihad

Ismail Haniyya, the head of the Politburo of the terrorist organization Hamas, recently visited Tehran on March 26. During his trip, he met with Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian and was also received by Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Ziyad al-Nahala, the Secretary General of the Islamic Jihad terrorist organization, also visited Tehran at the same time as Haniya. Al-Nahala was born in 1953 in Khan Yunis, in the south of the Gaza Strip, and has a history as a militant involved in terrorist actions. He joined Islamic Jihad after being released from prison in 1985 and took part in the first intifada. Al-Nahala became the Secretary General of Islamic Jihad in 2018 and is considered one of the most wanted terrorists by US authorities. His accounts in the United States have been frozen, and there is a reward for information leading to his capture.

Haniyya was born on January 29, 1963 in Shaati Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza. He graduated from Islamic University of Gaza with a degree in Arabic literature before joining Hamas movement where he rose to become head of government after killings of Sheikh Ahmad Yassin and Abd al-Aziz Rantisi. In 2017, he was elected as new head of Hamas politburo and his tenure was extended last August.

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