Hamas, Iran officials in Moscow for talks

AFP , Thursday 26 Oct 2023

Representatives of Hamas and Iran are in Moscow Thursday for talks, Russia's foreign ministry said.



Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Iranian deputy foreign minister Ali Bagheri Kani was in Moscow and confirmed reports that a Hamas delegation was in the Russian capital.

Hamas said Thursday that almost 50 Israeli captives held by its militants in the Gaza Strip have been killed since Israel began bombarding the strip.

On Wednesday, Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the United States of "directing" Israeli strikes on Hamas in Gaza that have killed thousands of Palestinian civilians.

Israel has heavily bombarded the Gaza Strip where at least 7,000 Palestinians have been killed so far, mostly women and children, according to Palestinian health ministry figures.

The conflict erupted after an October 7 Hamas attack on Israel killed more than 1,400 people, according to Israeli officials.

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