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Arm Palestinians in Gaza, Iran’s Ayatollah urges Muslim world

In this a released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei leads the Eid al-Fitr prayer at the Imam Khomeini grand mosque in Tehran on July 29, 2014.

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Iran's supreme leader on Tuesday called on Muslims from around the world to help arm Gaza Palestinians in their fight against Israel.

The call by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was his latest such message during the ongoing war between Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel.

Khamenei claims that while Israel and America seek to disarm Hamas, Iran says "the opposite … the Muslim world has a duty to arm the Palestinian nation by all means."

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Iran does not recognize Israel and supports militant anti-Israeli groups such as the Palestinian Hamas and Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah group.

Iran does not recognize Israel and has considered the Jewish state its archenemy since the 1979 Islamic Revolution that toppled the Western-backed monarchy and brought clerics to power.

Khamenei spoke at a prayer ceremony in Tehran as Shiite Iranians marked the beginning of Eid al-Fitr holiday that follows the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.

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