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  • 22 Jul, 2024

Iran Warns Israel of 'Obliterating War' Amid Lebanon Tensions

Iran Warns Israel of 'Obliterating War' Amid Lebanon Tensions

The warning came after the IDF hinted that it was prepared to invade Lebanon

Tensions between Israel and Lebanon have escalated dramatically, with Iran issuing a stark warning to Israel of an "obliterating war" should Israeli forces invade Lebanon. This threat comes in response to recent statements by Israeli officials hinting at potential military action along the Israel-Lebanon border.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently declared that Israel was "prepared for a very intense operation" on its northern frontier. This statement has heightened concerns about a possible large-scale conflict in the region, already destabilized by ongoing hostilities.

Iran's mission to the UN, in a post on social media platform X (formerly Twitter), characterized Israel's apparent preparations as "psychological warfare" and "propaganda." However, the mission issued a grave warning, stating that "an obliterating war will ensue" if Israel launches a full-scale attack on Lebanese territory. The Iranian statement emphasized that "all options, including the full involvement of all resistance fronts, are on the table."

The situation on the ground remains volatile. On Saturday morning, Israel conducted airstrikes on several targets in southern Lebanon. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported attacking "several Hezbollah targets, including a military site in the Zabqin area, two operational infrastructure sites in the Khiam area, and a Hezbollah building in the al-Adissa area."

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant added to the rhetoric earlier in the week, warning that while Israel is not actively seeking war with Lebanon, it is "preparing for every scenario." Gallant's statement that Israel could take "Lebanon back to the Stone Age" was met with a forceful response from Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah, who declared that any potential war would have "no restraint and no rules and no ceilings."

The escalating tensions have raised alarms in the international community. UN humanitarian affairs chief Martin Griffiths described the prospect of a war between Israel and Lebanon as "potentially apocalyptic," highlighting the grave humanitarian concerns surrounding any potential conflict.

This latest development occurs against the backdrop of ongoing cross-border exchanges between the IDF and Hezbollah, a Lebanese armed group with close ties to Iran. The situation is further complicated by the complex geopolitical dynamics of the region, with Iran's support for Hezbollah adding another layer to the conflict.

The international community watches with growing concern as the situation unfolds. The potential for a wider regional conflict looms large, with the involvement of Iran and other regional powers a distinct possibility should hostilities escalate further.

As diplomatic efforts to defuse the situation continue, the stark warnings from all sides underscore the precarious nature of peace in the region. The coming days and weeks will be crucial in determining whether cooler heads will prevail or if the region will descend into what Iran has ominously termed an "obliterating war."

The situation remains fluid, with both Israel and Hezbollah maintaining their defensive postures while seemingly preparing for potential conflict. The international community continues to call for restraint and dialogue, hoping to prevent a catastrophic escalation in an already volatile region.

Syed Haider

Syed Haider

BMM - MBA