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Iran warns of ‘preemptive’ action against Israel

Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said that “any preventive measures” by resistance leaders against Israel “are possible in the coming hours” and Israel would not be allowed to take any action it wanted in the region, according to Ani News.

In an interview on Monday night Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said:

“All possible options and scenarios are there for Hezbollah. Everything has been considered correctly in their calculations and leaders of the Resistance will not allow the Zionist regime to take any action in the region. Any preemptive measure is possible in the coming hours.”

The Iranian minister spoke about his meetings with resistance leaders over the past few days. He said that all the resistance leaders were ready to give the political situation a chance, if any. However, if Israel continues its war crimes against civilians, “any action is possible.”

Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the expansion of the ongoing conflict would change the map of Israel as the resistance front has the potential for “long wars with the enemy.” He noted that Iran did not support an expansion of the conflict. However, in his opinion, it is possible that Iran will enter the war, as neither side can remain indifferent to the current situation. He said, referring to Hamas’s attack on Israel on October 7:

“If we do not defend Gaza today, we should defend our cities tomorrow. Mr. Nasrallah [one of the resistance leaders] has also said that if they do not take preemptive action, they will have to fight with Zionist forces in Beirut. The issue is that what has happened to the Zionist regime was an earthquake.”

The Iranian foreign minister said the UN and the international community should find a political solution as soon as possible, before the conflict reaches its peak. He called on the parties to show restraint and urged the US to stop supporting Israel in its “crimes against civilians.” He said:

 “Time is running out. They should find a solution within an international framework and should stop Netanyahu before the crisis deepens. They should know that time is running out and should find a political solution before reaching the boiling point.”

Israel said on Tuesday that air strikes hit Hezbollah “terrorist targets and military infrastructure” in Lebanon in response to Monday’s shelling of Israel. The air force report said:

 “A short while ago, the IAF struck terror targets and military infrastructure of the Hezbollah terrorist organization in Lebanon, in response to fire yesterday (Monday) towards Israel.”

On Monday, the Israeli army claimed to have destroyed several military posts inside Lebanon. The border was subjected to artillery fire. In addition, an anti-tank guided missile hit a tank, The Times of Israel reported.

According to the IDF, soldiers returned artillery fire at the sources of the fire. The Israel Defence Forces said there were no injuries or fatalities as a result of the shelling, according to a Times of Israel report.

Taking to X, the army of Israel stated:

In case you have missed it:
(18:05) Shots were fired toward an IDF tank and posts along the Lebanese border. The IDF responded with artillery fire.
(19:49-21:04) Multiple sirens sounded in the areas surrounding Gaza.
(21:42) Sirens sounded in the city of Tel Aviv. For 10 days straight, the State of Israel has felt, heard and personally been attacked by Hamas’ terrorism.

The Israeli army issued a statement on Monday announcing that it would evacuate people living in the north of the country along the Lebanese border and relocate them to state-funded guesthouses. The Israel Defence Ministry’s National Emergency Management Authority (NEMA) and the Israeli Defence Forces announced the plan.

The Israel Defence Forces said in a statement released on X that 28 communities were included in the plan, which was approved by Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant. The IDF said the Northern Command informed the heads of local authorities of the decision.

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