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Iran's Supreme Leader Pledges Support for Palestinians


Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has pledged Iranian support for the Hamas government in the Gaza Strip.

During his Eid al-Fitr sermons Wednesday, Ayatollah Khamenei called out to the Hamas leader in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh, saying Iran will not abandon the Palestinians.

He also said Muslims worldwide are united against Israel.

Ayatollah Khamenei has the final say on Iran's affairs and has harshly criticized Israel's actions in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip.

He also has praised Iran's president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, for defying international pressure to stop Iran's nuclear enrichment program and for rejecting Western ideas.

Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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