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Iran’s Khamenei says Israel ‘forced to accept defeat’

File: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a message for the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, March 20, 2021 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)
File: Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a message for the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, March 20, 2021 (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Israel was “forced to accept defeat” by Palestinian armed groups, after a ceasefire between the Jewish state and militants in Gaza.

“I thank dear and almighty God for the victory and honor bestowed upon Palestinian fighters,” he says in a statement on his official website.

“The continuation of crimes and the ceasefire were both (part of Israel’s) defeat. They were forced to accept defeat,” he adds, noting that Israel was “powerless against the unified rise of Palestine.”

“The readiness of the Palestinian youth and the show of power” by armed groups in Gaza “will make Palestine more powerful by the day and the usurping enemy weaker and more despicable,” he adds.

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