The Iranian Revolutionary Guard He stated this Wednesday that the attacks carried out on October 7 by Hamas were “one of the revenges” for the death of the head of the Quds Force, Qassem Soleimaniin a bombing carried out in January 2020 by the United States against the Baghdad airport, capital of Iraq.
Revolutionary Guard spokesman Ramzan Sharif noted that “the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ (name of the Hamas operation) It was one of the revenges for the assassination of Soleimani by the United States and the Zionists.”
Subsequently, Hamas denied the Iranian version.
“We deny the validity of what was stated by the spokesman of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, Ramzan Sharif, regarding the ‘Al Aqsa Flood’ operation,” said a statement from the terrorist group.
“We have repeatedly stated the motives and reasons for the operation, the main one being the dangerous threats against the Al Aqsa mosque,” the text stressed, as reported by the Palestinian news agency Maan. In this sense, he stressed that “any response from the Palestinian resistance comes as a reaction to the occupation and aggression (by the Israeli authorities) against the Palestinian people and their sacred places.”
On January 4, 2020, the commander of the Al Quds force, in charge of the foreign operations of the Revolutionary Guards – the ideological army of the Islamic Republic – was killed in a US drone attack in Baghdad. Then-US President Donald Trump claimed to have ordered it in response to attacks against US interests in Iraq.
Spokesman Sharif also assured that Tehran “will respond” to the death on Monday of Razi Moussavia senior Guard official in an Israeli bombing raid in Syria.
“These revenges will continue at different times and places“, he threatened, and highlighted that Moussavi, killed in the Israeli bombing in Damascus, “was responsible for supporting the Revolutionary Guard in Syria and strengthening the axis of the resistance,” as reported by the Iranian news agency. Tasnim.
The spokesperson noted that the late general “played a significant role in training resistance fighters in the fight against Islamic State” and linked his death to “the irreparable defeat suffered by the Zionists” in the October attack.
“The murder of martyr Moussavi is a continuation of the violations of international laws by the Zionists,” he stressed, before asking international organizations to act to “stop this process,” since “otherwise, “will endanger international peace and security.”
“Of course, Iran reserves the right to take revenge. It will be a harsh revenge against the ZionistsSharif said. According to him he advanced, “The response will be a combination of direct actions and the resistance front”, in reference to Tehran’s allies in the region.
On the other hand, Sharif said that “the reason why the Americans are being attacked in the region, especially in Iraq, is because even before the ‘flood’ Iraq approved the withdrawal of the Americans and after this operation the anger of the Iraqis has increased.”
“It is important that the Americans accept that they have to leave the region, since they are stagnant,” he indicated, in reference to the latest attacks by pro-Iranian militias from Iraq and Syria against United States targets in the wake of the conflict unleashed after the attacks. of Hamas.
The United States has reacted by bombing positions of these militias on several occasions, which has provoked criticism from Baghdad, which has spoken of a “hostile act” and a “violation of its sovereignty”, given that it did not give authorization for these attacks, which in the Monday’s case affected Iraqi military installations.
Sharif has also highlighted that “the Israelis are under special pressure” and noted that the Israeli Government “wants to expand the framework of the war and attack other countries” to confront this situation, after the Israeli bombings in Syrian and Lebanese territory against targets of Iran and its allies, including the Shiite militia party Hezbollah.
The United States blames Iran, which supports Hamas, for attacks by pro-Iran groups against American troops deployed in Iraq and Syria.
(With information from Europa Press and AFP)