Iranian protesters hold anti-Israeli slogans during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on Dec 11, 2017 to denounce US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
TEHRAN - Iran's army commander said Tuesday that Iran has been ready to provide any necessary support to the Palestinian Islamic resistance forces in fight against Israel.
Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Quds Forces on Tuesday announced Iran's readiness to provide the Palestinian Islamic resistance forces with whatever support is necessary in defending al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem which the US president recently announced as the capital of Israel.
Major General Qasem Soleimani made the remarks in a phone conversation with the commanders of Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas Movement, and commander of the Islamic Jihad Brigades in Gaza Strip, Tasnim new agency reported.
"Other resistance forces in the region are also ready to defend the al-Aqsa Mosque in al-Quds," Soleimani was quoted as saying.
The announcement came against the backdrop of protests in the Palestinian territories following the US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to move its embassy to that city.