Hamas unveils Iran-funded homes for ex-prisoners in Israeli jails

Hamas says it has allocated new homes funded by Iran in Gaza to former Palestinian prisoners who were sentenced to jail terms in Israeli courts.

The prisoners ministry run by the terror group says 26 apartments in a new building in southern Gaza have been given out in a lottery between 125 former Palestinian prisoners.

Officials from Hamas, which rules the Gaza Strip, say the program is the first of its kind funded by Iran.

A second building will be constructed in northern Gaza, the ministry says, adding the project aims to “reduce the suffering of our freed prisoners.”

Iran has long been a strong backer of Hamas and its ally Islamic Jihad, providing them with funds, weapons and training.

Hamas has fought three wars with Israel since 2008.

— with AFP