ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 141

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If Israel doesn’t stop bombing Gaza, war may open on ‘other fronts,’ Iran foreign minister warns

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian listens to a question in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Tehran, Iran, July 31, 2023. (Vahid Salemi/AP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian listens to a question in a joint press conference with his Syrian counterpart Faisal Mekdad in Tehran, Iran, July 31, 2023. (Vahid Salemi/AP)

Iranian Minister of Foreign Affairs Hossein Amirabdollahian says that if Israel’s bombardment of Gaza continues, the war may open on “other fronts,” an apparent reference to the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah.

Amirabdollahian has arrived in Beirut where he was greeted by representatives of Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad along with Lebanese officials.

“In light of the continued aggression, war crimes, and siege on Gaza, opening other fronts is a real possibility,” Amirabdollahian says, speaking to journalists on his arrival.

Early Thursday, Amirabdollahian had visited Iraq, where he made similar statements after a meeting with Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani.

Questions have swirled around the extent of Iran’s role in the unprecedented surprise attack launched by the Palestinian militant group Hamas on Israel on Saturday.

Hamas officials have denied that Iran was directly involved in planning the attack or green-lighted it, and to date no government worldwide has offered direct evidence that Iran orchestrated the attack. However, many have pointed to Iran’s long sponsorship of Hamas that has included training, funding and providing it with weapons.

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