Report: Iran stops cash flow to Islamic Jihad organization

The dispute between Iran and Palestinian Islamic Jihad erupted after the group refused to issue a statement supporting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

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May 21, 2015 04:59
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An Islamic Jihad militant attends an anti-Israel rally in Rafah.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Iran has stopped funding the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization, which is already facing a severe financial crisis, the Palestinian daily Al-Quds reported on Wednesday.

According to the paper, the organization has not been able to pay salaries to its members for the past four months due to the crisis.

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It said that the dispute between Iran and Palestinian Islamic Jihad erupted after the group refused to issue a statement supporting the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen.

The Iranians, the paper said, demanded that the organization issue a statement condemning the Saudi-led airstrikes on Houthi targets in Yemen.

The tensions between Tehran and the Palestinian organization prompted Islamic Jihad leader Ramadan Shallah to move from Iran to Lebanon, Al-Quds said.

Shallah’s deputy, Ziad al-Nakhalah, is already based in Beirut together with other top officials of Islamic Jihad.

The report said that the Iranian-backed Hizbullah group was trying to mediate between Islamic Jihad and Iran to end the crisis.

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The financial crisis has also forced Islamic Jihad to close down its TV station Palestine Today in east Jerusalem, the paper said.
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