Many Palestinians in Gaza applauded Iran's attack on Israel on Sunday as a rare act of retaliation for the Israeli offensive on their enclave.

Iran Press/ West Asia: "For the first time, we saw some rockets that didn’t land in our areas. These rockets were going into the occupied Palestine,” said Abu Abdallah, referring to land that was occupied by Israel in 1948.

“We are hopeful that if Iran or any other country enters the war a solution for Gaza might be nearer than ever. The Americans may have to resolve Gaza to end the roots of the problem,” said Abu Abdallah, 32, using a nickname rather than his full name, Reuters reported.

Many in Gaza have felt abandoned by West Asian neighbors since Israel began an offensive that has killed more than 33,000 people in response to attacks on the occupied lands by Hamas on Oct. 7.

However, support has come from Iran and its regional allies. Syria and Yemen's Ansarullah called the Iranian strike legitimate. Hezbollah in Lebanon praised the attack as "brave".

Footage circulated from the enclave showed many residents, including inside displacement tents, whistling and others chanting Allah Akbar (God is the Greatest) in joy as the skies were lit up by Iranian rockets and Israeli interceptions.

"Whoever decides to attack Israel, dares to attack Israel at a time when the whole world acts in its service, is a hero in the eyes of Palestinians regardless of whether we share their (Iran's) ideology or not,” said Majed Abu Hamza, 52, a father of seven, from Gaza City.

“We have been slaughtered for over six months and no one dared to do anything. Now Iran, after its consulate was hit, is hitting back at Israel and this brings joy into our hearts,” Abu Hamza added.


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