Gazans celebrate next to a destroyed Israeli tank at the broken border fence between Israel and Gaza, east of Khan Younis, October 7, 2023. (AP Photo/Yousef Masoud)

Hundreds of members of  Hamas and  Islamic Palestine received military training in  Iran before the deadly attack in Israel, a report reveals.

A recent  Wall Street Journal article details how approximately 500 terrorists belonging to  Hamas and Islamic Palestine traveled to Iran to receive “specialized combat training” weeks before the coordinated attack on  Israel on October 7. In this assault, they massacred more than 1,400 Israelis, mostly civilians, and captured at least 224 hostages after penetrating the border barrier in  Gaza.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps conducted the training. Although  Iran has expressed support for the attack, it denies any involvement in planning it. However, the report notes that Brigadier General Esmail Qaani, leader of the  Quds Force, was present during the training sessions.

The accusations are not limited to journalistic reports. In a press conference, IDF spokesman Rear Admiral Daniel Hagari identified Iran as a key collaborator in preparing the attack, providing Hamas with training and weapons, financing and technological expertise. He stated that this support has not ceased and is currently manifested through intelligence and propaganda against Israel.

In talks with French President  Emmanuel Macron, Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu described the situation as a fight against an “axis of evil” composed of  Iran, Hezbollah, Hamas and their allies.

Additionally,  The Wall Street Journal indicates that Iranian security officials approved the assault in a meeting in  Beirut before the attack. This claim is based on statements by  Hamas and  Hezbollah leaders. Conversely, official US sources have refuted this direct connection, acknowledging Tehran’s historical support for  Hamas but without confirming its direct involvement in this specific incident.

US Secretary of State Antony  Blinken noted in a UN Security Council session that  Iran has been supporting terrorist entities such as  Hamas, Hezbollah and the  Houthis, involved in attacks against Israel. This statement was quickly countered by  Iran’s permanent representative to the United Nations,  Amir Saeid Iravani, who categorically denied the allegations, calling them “baseless.”

Iran trained Gaza terrorists before Israel massacreU.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a Security Council meeting at United Nations headquarters on Oct. 24, 2023. (Seth Wenig/AP)

In a previous instance,  Blinken had expressed the absence of “direct evidence” about  Iran’s participation in recent attacks, although he did not rule out future changes in this position. In a twist of accusations,  Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, denounced that  the United States was behind Israel’s attacks   against  Hamas, describing the North American nation as a “definitive accomplice of criminals.”

Khamenei suggested that the actions in  Gaza were partly led by the United States, implicating his responsibility for the humanitarian consequences. These tensions reached a critical point when Tehran warned of a possible uncontrollable escalation in the region if conflicts in Gaza persisted.

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein  Amir-Abdollahian expressed a veiled threat,  indicating that the region could descend into chaos if the war in Gaza was not ended, singling out both the  United States and  Israel. This series of rhetorical exchanges highlights the growing tension between  Iran and the United States in the context of the ongoing conflict in Gaza.