Iranian foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Beirut in April 2023

Iran Threatens Wider War By 'Axis Of Resistance'

Friday, 10/13/2023

Iran's Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that the continuation of crimes against Palestinians will receive a response from "the rest of the axis."

Amir-Abdollahian was speaking in Beirut on Thursday on a tour of Iraq, Lebanon and Syria. He was received at the airport by top officials of Hamas, Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah.

Israel has been pounding Gaza in retaliation for a Hamas rampage in Israel this week that has killed at least 1,300 people, the deadliest attack on civilians in Israeli history. More than 1,500 Palestinians have been killed.

The Iranian minister said the displacement of Palestinians and cutting water and electricity to the Gaza Strip are considered war crimes.

"Some Western officials have questioned if there is an intention to open a new front against the Zionist entity. Of course, in light of the continuation of these circumstances that are war crimes," he said, speaking through a translator, on television upon his arrival in Beirut.

"The continuation of war crimes against Palestine and Gaza will receive a response from the rest of the axis. And naturally, the Zionist entity and its supporters will be responsible for the consequences of that," Amir-Abdollahian said.

Western governments and media are also questioning Iran’s role in the Hamas attack and its long-standing financial and military support for militant groups in the region. The Iranian foreign minister’s remarks push Tehran further to the forefront of the conflict.

‘Axis of Resistance’ is a term coined by the Islamic Republic to refer to its proxy forces in the region including, Palestinian militant groups, the Syrian regime, the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah and other factions.

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