Iran has repeatedly threatened Tel Aviv in recent hours with “powerful” retaliation one after the death of a senior official of the Revolutionary Guard, Razi Mousavi, as a result of a bombing by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on the outskirts of Damascus last Monday. Meanwhile, Israel intensifies its anti-terrorist operation with new bombings in central and southern Gaza, where it claims to have hit more than “a hundred terrorist targets” in the last 24 hours.
In a message on the X network (the old Twitter), the Iranian Foreign Minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, who expressed his condolences to the “Iranian and Syrian nations” and to the family of Razi Mousavi – a figure close to the former head of the Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani, who died in January 2020 in a US bombing in Baghdad –, warned the Israeli authorities of a “hard countdown”. “This honorable martyr fought bravely for many years alongside the martyr Qasem Soleimani to guarantee the security of Iran and the region against terrorists,” said Amirabdollahian through his profile on X.
Hours before and in similar terms, the Iranian president, Ebrahim Raisi, had warned that “the Zionist regime will definitely pay for said crime,” according to the state news agency IRNA. Iranian Defense Ministry spokesman Talai Nik, stated that “this crime deserves punishment” before advancing that Tehran will “a powerful and wise operation” in response to the Israeli bombing in Syria “at an appropriate time and place.”
Although the Israeli authorities have not commented on the elimination of Mousavi, they admit 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, he carried out advisory duties on this matter in Damascus. The mission was launched in 2014 and was headed at the time by Soleimani, in what Iranian authorities defined as an operation to confront the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.
Furthermore, Israeli military commanders claimed to have successfully struck “a hundred terrorist targets” in Gaza. “IDF fighters maneuvering in the territory of the Gaza Strip, in cooperation with the Air Force and the Navy, continue to attack many terrorist targets, terrorist cells and military facilities used by terrorist organizations,” the Israeli military authorities stated. Israeli troops located in Daraj Tupain the north of the Strip, a “military headquarters” of the Islamic Jihad in which weapons and documents from the terrorist organization were found.
In statements upon his return from Gaza, the chief of staff of the Israeli Army, Herzl Halevi, asserted that the IDF is “close to completing the dismantling of Hamas battalions in the northern Gaza Strip.” However, Halevi warned that the anti-terrorist operation “will continue for many more months” because the objectives “are not easy to achieve” and the fighting is taking place in a “complex territory.”
For his part, the prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu He also warned Hamas leaders that “we continue the war, we intensify the fighting in southern Gaza and everywhere.” “We will fight until the end,” wrote the head of the Israeli Government in X.
Meanwhile, tension has risen again on the border between Israel and Lebanon in recent hours. Israel Defense Forces (IDF) attacked Hezbollah targets in southern Lebanon after the Shiite militia launched two anti-tank missiles against towns in northern Israel. Lebanese security sources cited by the local newspaper “L’Orient-Le Jour” stated this afternoon that seven Israeli shells mainly hit the outskirts of the towns of Tayr Harfa and Meis el-Jabal, in the south of the country. Additionally, two Israeli drones attacked Hezbollah targets in the town of Qlaylé, in the Tire district of southern Lebanon, before carrying out a bombing raid.
For its part, the bombings by Tehran’s appendage organization in Lebanon – where it acts as a state within a state – injured nine Israeli soldiers – one of them is in serious condition – and one civilian. In addition, they caused material damage to a church, that of Saint Mary, in Iqrit, an Israeli town that had a Christian majority until the beginning of 1950, located next to the border.
Meanwhile, two Palestinians killed after IDF raid on refugee camp located near the city of Hebron, in the West Bank, according to the Ministry of Health of the Palestinian Authority.
At press time, on the 81st day of the war, more than 1,200 Israelis had lost their lives as a consequence of the chain of terrorist attacks perpetrated by Hamas starting on the morning of October 7 and 161 soldiers had died in combat inside the Strip. According to data from the Ministry of Health of the Government of Gaza, in the hands of Hamas, Almost 21,000 people have died in the Strip as a consequence of the Israeli operation. Settler attacks and Israeli operations In the West Bank they have also left 280 fatalities.