Iran Makes Unspecified Warning Against Israel if It Invades Gaza

Iran Makes Unspecified Warning Against Israel if It Invades Gaza
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian holds a press conference at the Iranian Embassy in the Lebanese capital Beirut, on Oc. 14, 2023. Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images)

Iran warned Israel that it would respond to an anticipated Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to remove Hamas but wasn’t specific.

“If the Zionist regime’s crimes against the Palestinian people and citizens continue, no one can guarantee that the situation in the region will remain the same,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a statement Saturday, according to Iranian state media. It came as Mr. Amir-Abdollahian met with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend.

Mr. Amir-Abdollahian also told The Associated Press that Israel’s operations could cause fighting to expand across the Middle East, triggering a “huge earthquake.” He did not elaborate.

“I know about the scenarios that Hezbollah has put in place,” he stated, referring to the Shia Lebanese political party and State Department-designated terrorist group backed by Iran. “Any step the resistance [Hezbollah] will take will cause a huge earthquake in the Zionist entity.”

Iran warned Israel that it would respond to an anticipated Israeli ground invasion of the Gaza Strip to remove Hamas but wasn’t specific.

“If the Zionist regime’s crimes against the Palestinian people and citizens continue, no one can guarantee that the situation in the region will remain the same,” Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said in a statement Saturday, according to Iranian state media. It came as Mr. Amir-Abdollahian met with Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh in Doha, Qatar, over the weekend.

Mr. Amir-Abdollahian also told The Associated Press that Israel’s operations could cause fighting to expand across the Middle East, triggering a “huge earthquake.” He did not elaborate.

“I know about the scenarios that Hezbollah has put in place,” he stated, referring to the Shia Lebanese political party and State Department-designated terrorist group backed by Iran. “Any step the resistance [Hezbollah] will take will cause a huge earthquake in the Zionist entity.”

Amir-Abdollahian continued to say: “I want to warn the war criminals and those who support this entity before it’s too late to stop the crimes against civilians in Gaza because it might be too late in a few hours.”

Reports citing a United Nations official also indicated that Iran’s foreign minister said that Iran wouldn’t intervene in the conflict—for now. An Axios report, citing unnamed sources, said that Tehran warned the Israeli government via the U.N. that it would respond if the ground offensive commenced.

When asked about the Axios report, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric told Reuters: “All of [the] meetings have been to discuss diplomatic efforts to release hostages, secure humanitarian access and prevent a spillover of the conflict to the wider region. This includes his recent meetings in Lebanon.”

The Iranian mission to the U.N. also sent out a warning via X, or Twitter, over the weekend. “If the Israeli apartheid’s war crimes & genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences—the responsibility of which lies with the U.N., the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end,” Iran’s U.N. mission wrote.

Iran has not publicly commented on the Axios report. Israeli officials also have not commented on the claims.

It comes as Israel was preparing on Saturday to launch a ground assault against Iran-backed Hamas in the Gaza Strip after telling Palestinians living in the densely populated territory to flee south towards a closed border with Egypt. Israel has vowed to annihilate Hamas in retaliation for an attack by the Palestinian terrorist group a week ago.

Hamas stormed Israeli towns, killing 1,300 people and seized scores of hostages. Analysts say it was the worst attack on civilians in Israel’s history.

Israel Declares War Following Large-scale Hamas Attacks
Israeli soldiers stand by tanks near the border with Gaza Near Sderot, Israel, on Oct. 14, 2023. (Amir Levy/Getty Images)

Israeli jets and artillery have already subjected Gaza to the most intense bombardment it has ever seen, putting the enclave, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, under total siege. Gaza authorities say more than 2,200 people have been killed.

The United States has been working to keep Iran out of the conflict, and broader international diplomacy has been focused on preventing it from spilling over, namely, into Lebanon, while sparking a regional war or an even wider conflict.

Hezbollah has clashed with Israel across the Lebanese border multiple times in the past week in the deadliest confrontations since they fought a month-long war in 2006. U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Beirut on Saturday, the United Nations said. Abdollahian then met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Qatar, Al Jazeera TV reported.

More Strikes

On Sunday, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) announced that it carried out more airstrikes on Hezbollah military infrastructure in Lebanon.

“At the same time, a report was received regarding a shooting toward IDF soldiers along the border of Lebanon,” the Israeli military said, adding that its soldiers in the area were “responding with live fire.”

United States Israel Palestinians
The USS Gerald R. Ford, one of the world’s largest aircraft carriers, arrives in Halifax, Canada, on Oct. 28, 2022. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press via AP)

As for the United States, additional attack aircraft have been deployed to the region, according to a statement from the U.S. Air Combat Command on Sunday. Already, the USS Gerald Ford aircraft carrier group was deployed to the eastern portion of the Mediterranean Sea last week, which was announced by Pentagon chief Lloyd Austin.

“A-10s from the 354th EFS have arrived to the US Central Command AOR (Area of Responsibility),” Air Combat Command wrote on social media Sunday. “This arrival bolsters the U.S. defense posture, enhances air operations throughout the Middle East, and reassures our allies and regional partners we remain postured to protect and defend their freedom,” the post added.

Reuters contributed to this report.

From The Epoch Times

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