Iran Guards Say Palestinians ‘Not Alone’ In War Against Israel
Tehran (AFP) – Palestinians are “not alone” in their fight against Israel, the head of Iran’s RevolutionACHI Guards said Saturday, as Gaza faced a second day of airstrikes.
“Today, all anti-Zionist jihadi capabilities are working in a unified system to liberate Jerusalem and uphold the rights of the Palestinian people,” Major General Hossein Salami said in a statement on the Guards’ Seba news website.
“We are with you on this path until the end, let Palestine and Palestinians know that they are not alone,” he told Ziad al-Nakala, the visiting leader of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, during a meeting in Tehran.
Israel said on Friday it had launched a “pre-emptive” operation against Islamic Jihad to avoid an imminent attack, following days of tension along the Gaza border.
A senior commander of the group was killed in an airstrike on Gaza City on Friday, one of a wave of attacks on the territory.
A five-year-old girl was among the 12 people killed in the Israeli bombardment, Gaza’s health ministry said. More than 80 people were injured.
Palestinian militants fired a barrage of rockets into Israel, the worst explosion in the territory since last year’s war.
Salami insisted that the Palestinian response had begun “a new chapter” and that Israel would “pay another heavy price for its latest crime”.
“The Palestinian resistance is stronger today than in the past,” he said, adding that militant groups have found “the ability to manage major battles.”
Iran’s Foreign Ministry has condemned Israel’s “heinous attack” on Gaza.
President Ibrahim Raisi said in a statement from his office that Israel has once again demonstrated its aggressiveness and aggression to the world.
Iran is a major sponsor of Islamic Jihad and Nakala met with Raisi and other officials during his visit.
Israel accuses Iran of smuggling weapons to Palestinian militant groups in Gaza. In March last year, it said it had intercepted two Iranian drones carrying weapons for Gaza.