Iran threatens to open new fronts if Israel continues war against Hamas in Gaza

Gianluca Pacchiani is the Arab affairs reporter for The Times of Israel

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bouhabib, in Beirut, Lebanon, October 13, 2023. (Hussein Malla/AP)
Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian speaks during a joint press conference with his Lebanese counterpart Abdallah Bouhabib, in Beirut, Lebanon, October 13, 2023. (Hussein Malla/AP)

Iran threatens an “expansion of war fronts” if the war in Gaza doesn’t stop, its foreign minister Hossein Amirabdollahian says in an interview with Al Jazeera.

“Iran cannot stand idly by and watch this situation unfold,” the top diplomat adds, noting that every hour, the possibility of a new war front opening is increasing, in reference to increasing attacks on Israeli targets by the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon.

Amirabdollahian makes his statements during a visit to Qatar, where he has met senior Qatari officials and the head of the political bureau of the Palestinian terror movement Hamas, Ismail Haniyeh, according to a report in Iranian state media. Qatar has been accused by many of being a sponsor of Hamas and other terror groups in the region.

The regime’s official IRNA news agency also says Iran is negotiating with countries in the region to send “relief items” into Gaza, and to open a field hospital in Egypt near the Gaza border.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech in the Knesset calling on the world to unite to defeat Hamas and issuing a stark warning to Hezbollah and to Iran: “Don’t try us, you will be severely harmed.”

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