The Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, has issued a warning to the United States, stating that it could face dire consequences in the Middle East if it continues to support Israel. This comes amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian armed group Hamas, as well as American airstrikes on military sites in the region believed to be used by Iranian forces.
In an interview with Bloomberg TV, Amir-Abdollahian criticized the US for siding with Israel completely while advising others to show restraint. He stated, “If the United States continues what it has been doing so far, then new fronts will be opened up against the United States.” He also expressed concern that the continued bloodshed in Gaza could escalate the situation in the region further. He questioned whether the US really wants to escalate and intensify the war.
The foreign minister denied claims that Iran had instructed militant groups in Iraq and Syria to attack the US, asserting that they were acting independently. He clarified that they were not receiving any instructions or orders from Iran.
The tensions between the US, Iran, and Israel intensified when the Pentagon launched airstrikes on two facilities in eastern Syria, allegedly used by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and affiliated groups. President Joe Biden stated that the raid was in response to recurring attacks on American forces in the region.
Amir-Abdollahian further warned Israel against launching a ground invasion into Gaza, cautioning that it would lead to unavoidable consequences. He stated that opening new fronts could put Israel in a situation where it would regret its actions. He emphasized that anything is possible and any front could be opened up.
On Friday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they are expanding their ground operations in Gaza, which is already experiencing relentless air and missile attacks. Reports suggest that the US is concerned that a full-fledged Israeli ground attack on Gaza could draw Hezbollah, a Lebanon-based Islamist military group with close ties to Iran, into the conflict.
The situation remains tense in the Middle East, with the US continuing to support Israel and Iran warning of dire consequences if this support persists. The ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas, along with the American airstrikes in the region, have the potential to escalate the situation and lead to further violence. The international community closely watches developments in the region, hoping for a peaceful resolution to the conflict.