Israel will ‘pay a heavy price’ after Gaza attack, Iran warns

Head of the powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps tells Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader ‘we are with you on this path until the end’.

Palestinians are “not alone” in their fight against Israel, the head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said, as they faced a second day of air raids on Gaza.

“Today, all the anti-Zionist jihadi capabilities are on the scene in a united formation working to liberate Jerusalem and uphold the rights of the Palestinian people,” IRGC’s Major-General Hossein Salami said in a statement on its Sepah News website.

“We are with you on this path until the end, and let Palestine and the Palestinians know that they are not alone,” he told the visiting leader of the Islamic Jihad group, Ziad al-Nakhala, during a meeting in Tehran.

Israel has said it launched a “preemptive” operation against Islamic Jihad on Friday to avert an imminent attack following days of tensions along the Gaza border.

A senior commander of the group was killed in an air raid on Gaza City on Friday, one of a wave of attacks on the territory.

The Gaza health ministry said a five-year-old girl was among 15 people killed by the Israeli bombardment. More than 100 others have been wounded.

Palestinian fighters hit back with a barrage of rocket fire into Israel in the territory’s worst flare-up since a war last year.

‘Heavy price’

Salami stressed the Palestinian response showed “a new chapter” has begun and Israel “will pay another heavy price for the recent crime”.

“The Palestinian resistance is stronger today than in the past,” he said, adding armed groups have found “the ability to manage major wars”.

Iran’s foreign ministry condemned Israel’s “brutal attack” on Gaza.

President Ebrahim Raisi said Israel has “once again showed its occupying and aggressive nature to the world”, according to a statement from his office.

Iran is a backer of Islamic Jihad and al-Nakhala met Raisi and other officials during his visit.

Israel has accused Iran of smuggling weapons to Palestinian groups in Gaza. In March last year, it said it intercepted two Iranian drones laden with weapons for Gaza.



Source link

Latest

Jonathan Edwards: Wife assault MP to represent Plaid in Commons

Jonathan Edwards will represent Plaid again after being cautioned...

Walgreens helped fuel San Francisco’s opioid crisis, judge rules

Walgreens has contributed to the opioid epidemic in San...

Kansas Bans Man Who Performed Illegal Autopsies From Working In State

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man convicted of...

Are higher electricity connection fees in South Africa a good, and necessary next step?

There’s been outrage from some quarters in South Africa...

‘End this’ Biden tells Syria 10 years after Austin Tice abduction

The Biden administration implored the Syrian government to work with the United States to return Tice home.US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his commitment to...

Why the Russian ambassador is such a controversial figure in Tehran

Russia and Iran seem to be entering a phase of renewed and strengthened...

Kurdish diva brokenhearted but resolute in face of language discrimination in Turkey

Kurdish diva brokenhearted but resolute in face of language discrimination in Turkey - Al-Monitor:...