On Thursday, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian warned at the United Nations that the United States would be fair game for attack if Israel continued its reprisal against Palestinian militants from Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has promised to wipe out Hamas, the government of Gaza, in reaction to an onslaught on October 7 that killed 1,400 people and resulted in the kidnapping of many others. Israel has been conducting airstrikes, enforcing a blockade, and preparing for a possible ground invasion of the Gaza Strip. Over 7,000 people have been killed, according to Palestinian authorities.
Hamas has notified Iran that it is ready to release captives, including civilians.
Amirabdollahian reported that they also called on the international community to push for the release of the 6,000 Palestinians being incarcerated in Israeli jails at present.
The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to join Qatar and Turkey in their humanitarian effort.
President Joe Biden warned Iran’s supreme leader that the United States would strike back if Iranian or allied proxy forces attacked American troops stationed in the Middle East.
Biden indicated that he had warned the Ayatollah about the repercussions if they continued to act against the troops at a joint news conference with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the White House.
The U.S. has expressed its determination to aid Israel in its attempts to defeat Hamas and bring an end to its authority over the Gaza Strip, a scenario that has continued for almost twenty years. Israel’s planned invasion and occupation of the Gaza Strip has been met by threats of strikes against U.S. military installations from groups supported by Tehran.
On Thursday, a destroyer from the United States Navy patrolling the northern Red Sea shot down numerous missiles and drones fired by rebels in Yemen supported by Iran.
U.S. Marines stationed at the al-Tanf base in southern Syria successfully shot down two drones on Monday, according to a statement released by Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder. No members of the armed forces were hurt.
On Monday, Ryder also said that Iran would be held responsible for the attacks on American forces because of Tehran’s history of supporting the terrorist organizations in question.