Iran has issued a chilling warning to the United States that Israel’s war with Hamas could ‘spiral out of control’ if they do not ‘immediately’ cease strikes on Gaza – as the Israeli government warned it would target Tehran if Hezbollah escalates the conflict.
The joint news conference in Tehran
‘I warn the US and its proxy (Israel) that if they do not immediately stop the crime against humanity and genocide in Gaza, anything is possible at any moment and the region will go out of control,’ Iran’s foreign minister said Sunday.
Hossein Amir-Abdollahian made the comments alongside his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor at a joint news conference in Tehran.
Israeli air strikes have shown no sign of ceasing as they pounded the Gaza Strip overnight, as well as two airports in Syria and a mosque allegedly used by terrorists in the West Bank, increasing fears that the war could erupt into a regional conflict.
Intense cross-border fire
Israelis living near the country’s northern border with Lebanon have been evacuated from their homes as the Israel Defense Forces continue to exchange intense cross-border fire with Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah.
In a direct threat to deter Tehran from intervening further, Nir Barkat, Israel’s Minister of Economy warned that not only would Israel ‘eliminate Hezbollah’, if it believes the terror group is opening up a ‘northern front’, but ‘we will actually target Iran.’
What is the plan of Iran?
Mr Barkat told the Mail on Sunday: ‘The plan of Iran is to attack Israel on all fronts. If we find they intend to target Israel, we will not just retaliate to those fronts, but we will go to the head of the snake, which is Iran.’
He additionally threatened Iran’s Ayatollahs, saying they would be ‘wiped off the face of the earth’ should Hezbollah, their proxy terror group in Lebanon, attack Israel.
IDF spokesman Jonathan Conricus has accused Hezbollah of a dangerous escalation, edging towards an all-out war.
‘[Hezbollah] is dragging Lebanon into a war that it will gain nothing from, but stands to lose a lot… Hezbollah is playing a very, very dangerous game. They’re escalating the situation. We see more and more attacks every day,’ he said.
Tensions are also mounting in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, where the IDF has battled terrorists in refugee camps and carried out two air strikes in recent days, including on a mosque in a refugee camp.
Meanwhile, relentless strikes on the Gaza Strip are continuing just over two weeks after the war began – with Rishi Sunak warning on Saturday night it could unleash a ‘contagion of conflict’ in the Middle East if not contained.
Israel has been battling the Hamas group since they launched a bloody invasion from the enclave on October 7, which saw over 1,400 Israelis killed and over 200 taken hostage.
The IDF has since unleashed a barrage of strikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed more than 4,600 Palestinians, mainly civilians and 40 per cent of whom are children, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.