In a bold statement on social media, Iran has sounded the alarm, warning that far-reaching consequences may unfold if Israel’s alleged war crimes and genocide in Gaza are not promptly halted.
This message, conveyed by Iran’s mission to the United Nations, follows reports from Axios indicating that Tehran had privately cautioned Israel through a U.N. message regarding the potential consequences of an Israeli ground offensive in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
The social media post by Iran’s U.N. mission emphasized, “If the Israeli apartheid’s war crimes & genocide are not halted immediately, the situation could spiral out of control & ricochet far-reaching consequences – the responsibility of which lies with the U.N., the Security Council & the states steering the Council toward a dead end.”
The situation is tense as Israel prepares for a possible ground assault against Hamas, a Palestinian group backed by Iran, in the densely populated Gaza Strip.
Palestinian residents have been advised to move south towards a closed border with Egypt as a precautionary measure.
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Israel’s determination to eliminate Hamas comes in response to an attack by the Palestinian Islamist group just a week ago.
In that attack, Hamas entered Israeli towns, resulting in the deaths of 1,300 people and the taking of numerous hostages, marking it as the most devastating attack on Israeli civilians in the nation’s history.
The conflict has already witnessed Israeli jets and artillery subjecting Gaza to the most intensive bombardment it has ever experienced, placing the enclave, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, under a state of total siege. Gaza authorities report that more than 2,200 people have lost their lives.
Efforts are underway, particularly on the part of the United States, to prevent Iran from becoming directly involved in the conflict. International diplomacy is also focused on averting the potential spillover of hostilities, especially into Lebanon, which could ignite a regional war.
In recent days, Lebanon’s Iran-backed and heavily armed Hezbollah group has engaged in the deadliest confrontations with Israel along the Lebanese border, marking the most significant clashes since their month-long war in 2006.
Amid these developments, U.N. Middle East peace envoy Tor Wennesland has engaged in diplomatic talks. According to the United Nations, he met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian in Beirut.
Furthermore, as reported by Al Jazeera TV, Amir-Abdollahian reportedly met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh in Qatar.
When asked about the Axios report, U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric emphasized, “All of (Wennesland’s) meetings have been to discuss diplomatic efforts to release hostages, secure humanitarian access, and prevent a spillover of the conflict to the wider region. This includes his recent meetings in Lebanon.”
Israel’s mission to the United Nations has chosen to refrain from commenting on either the Axios report or Iran’s social media post.
The situation remains highly volatile, with the international community closely monitoring the evolving dynamics in the region.
Source: Reuters via Yahoo News