Iran says US will be hit hard in chilling threat as it demands Gaza ceasefire

Iran has issued yet another threat to the West after Israel refused to implement a ceasefire in Gaza.

The United States, one of Tel Aviv’s major allies, will be “hit hard” if it won’t force Israel to stop the airstrikes it started launching on the Strip on October 7, Iran has said.

Iranian Minister of Defence Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani said: “Our advice to the Americans is to immediately stop the war in Gaza and implement a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard.”

Iran, which doesn’t recognise the legitimacy of the state of Israel, celebrated the harrowing terror attack launched last month by Hamas on the Middle Eastern nation.

After the war broke out, Iran’s leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: “We kiss the hands of those who planned the attack on the Zionist regime”.

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Key Tehran figures have since voiced their support for Hamas and threatened an escalation of the conflict.

This latest threat comes after, on November 1, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said the “resistance” will conduct another “surprise act” should fighting in Gaza continue.

Iran has claimed to have been “militarily involved” in the war between Hamas and Israel since October 7.

As no Iranian boots are on the ground, Tehran’s involvement is currently through its proxy groups, including Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

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Indeed, the Lebanese militia financially supported by Iran has been launching several attacks against Israeli military targets on the border with Israel since the new war started.

The airstrikes launched over the past months by Israel have been razing parts of the Gaza Strip in a bid to eliminate Hamas, responsible for the killing on October 7 of more than 1,400 people and the kidnapping of at least 230.

The air raids have resulted in more than 9,000 deaths, according to the Gazan health ministry.

In light of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza, which has been exacerbated by the war, several nations and organisations have called for either a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas or a humanitarian pause.

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Alongside Tehran, Russia is among those calling for Israel and Hamas to come to a formal agreement to stop fighting.

The United Nations, after failing to adopt a unanimous resolution aiming to halt the conflict, agreed to an “immediate, sustained humanitarian truce, leading to a cessation of hostilities”.

The US is standing by Israel, saying it has the right to defend itself, but agrees temporary truces are necessary to grant aid into the Strip.

Earlier this week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed back against growing pressure from Washington for a humanitarian pause, saying Israel will continue “with full force” unless Hamas releases all the hostages it kidnapped last month.

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