Iran threatens Israel with a “harsh countdown” after the death of a senior Revolutionary Guard official

Iran Tel Aviv has repeatedly threatened to do so in the last few hours “powerful” retaliation one after the death of a high-ranking Revolutionary Guard official, Razi Mousavi, as a result of a bomb attack by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on the outskirts of Damascus last Monday. Meanwhile, Israel is intensifying its anti-terror operation with new bombings in the central and southern Gaza Strip, where there have also reportedly been bombings More than “a hundred terrorist targets” have been attacked in the last 24 hours.

In a message on the X network (the old Twitter), the Iranian foreign minister stated: Hossein Amirabdollahian, Expressed condolences to the “Iranian and Syrian nations” and the family of Razi Mousavi – a person close to former Quds Force chief Qasem Soleimani who died in a US bombing in Baghdad in January 2020 – the Israeli warned Authorities expect a “hard countdown”. “This honorable martyr fought bravely alongside the martyr for many years Qasem Soleimani to ensure the security of Iran and the region from terrorists,” Amirabdollahian said in his profile on X.

Hours earlier and in similar vein, the Iranian president said, Ebrahim RaisiHe warned that “the Zionist regime will definitely pay for this crime,” according to the state news agency IRNA. The spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Defense, Talai Nik, declared that “this crime must be punished” before declaring that Tehran would do so “A powerful and wise operation” in response to Israeli bombings in Syria “at an appropriate time and place.”

Although Israeli authorities have not commented on the elimination of Mousavi, they have acknowledged attacks on Syrian soil against pro-Iranian proxy forces. Mousavi was a key figure in military coordination between Iran and Syria and, according to Tehran, carried out advisory duties on the matter in Damascus. The mission was launched in 2014 and was led by Soleimani at the time. Iranian authorities defined the mission as an operation to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

In addition, Israeli military commanders claimed to have successfully attacked “a hundred terrorist targets” in Gaza. “IDF fighters, maneuvering in the territory of the Gaza Strip in cooperation with the Air Force and Navy, continue to attack many terrorist targets, terrorist cells and military facilities used by terrorist organizations,” Israeli military authorities said. Israeli troops stationed in Daraj TupaIn the north of the strip there was a “military headquarters” of the Islamic Jihad, where weapons and documents belonging to the terrorist organization were found.

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In statements after his return from Gaza, the Israeli army chief of staff said: Herzl Halevi, claimed that the IDF was “close to completing the disbandment of Hamas battalions in the northern Gaza Strip.” However, Halevi warned against this Anti-terror operation “will continue for many months” because the goals “are not easy to achieve” and the fighting takes place in a “complex area”.

The Prime Minister, for his part, Benjamin Netanyahu He also warned Hamas leaders: “We are continuing the war and intensifying fighting in the southern Gaza Strip and everywhere.” “We will fight until the end” wrote the head of the Israeli government in X.

Meanwhile, tensions on the border between Israel and Lebanon have risen again in recent hours. The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) attacked Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon after Shiite militia fired two anti-tank missiles at cities in northern Israel. Lebanese security sources quoted by local newspaper L’Orient-Le Jour said this afternoon that seven Israeli shells hit mainly the outskirts of the cities Tayr Harfa and Meis el-Jabal, In the south of the country. In addition, two Israeli drones attacked Hezbollah targets in the town of Qlaylé in the Tire district of southern Lebanon before launching a bombing campaign.

Nine Israeli soldiers – one of whom is in serious condition – and one civilian were injured in the bombings carried out by the Tehran-affiliated organization in Lebanon – where it acts as a state within a state. In addition, they caused material damage to a church, the Church of Saint Mary, in Iqrit, an Israeli town right on the border that had a Christian majority until the early 1950s.

In the meantime, Two Palestinians were killed after an IDF attack on a refugee camp is located near the West Bank city of Hebron, according to the Palestinian Authority Health Ministry.

At press time, on the 81st day of the war, More than 1,200 Israelis had lost their lives As a result of the series of Hamas terrorist attacks that began on the morning of October 7, 161 soldiers died in fighting inside the Gaza Strip. According to the Health Ministry of the Gaza government, in the hands of Hamas, Almost 21,000 people have died in the Gaza Strip as a result of the Israeli operation. Settler attacks and Israeli operations They also claimed 280 lives in the West Bank.

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