WASHINGTON: Missile assaults in Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Yemen on Saturday (Jan 20) threw into sharp focus the rising threat of the war in Gaza triggering a wider regional battle pitting Iran and its allies in opposition to Israel and the US.
Iran mentioned 5 of its Revolutionary Guards have been killed in a missile strike on a house in Damascus which it blamed on Israel, and safety sources in Lebanon mentioned an Israeli strike there killed a member of Iran-backed Hezbollah.
Afterward Saturday an American official mentioned a missile or rocket assault had injured US personnel at a base in Iraq, a rustic the place Iran-backed teams have beforehand battled US forces.
The US additionally mentioned it had focused a missile the Iran-backed Houthi group in Yemen was aiming into the Crimson Sea, which it referred to as a risk to delivery.
The battle in Gaza started on Oct 7 when Hamas fighters stormed border defences to assault Israeli bases and cities, killing greater than 1,200 individuals and seizing greater than 200 hostages.
Israel pounded targets throughout the Gaza Strip on Saturday whereas its planes dropped leaflets on the southern space of Rafah urging Palestinians looking for refuge there to assist find hostages held by Hamas, residents mentioned.
Hamas is a part of Iran’s “Axis of Resistance”, a regional alliance that additionally consists of Lebanon’s Hezbollah, the Syrian authorities of President Bashar al-Assad, Shi’ite militia teams in Iraq and the Houthis who management a lot of Yemen.
Amid elevated regional tensions, Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi vowed to punish Israel for its strike in Syria, calling it “crimes” that will not go unanswered, based on an announcement on Iran state broadcaster IRIB.
Three of the Revolutionary Guards officers killed the Israeli strike have been described in Iranian state media with an honorific used just for generals, suggesting the targets have been senior commanders.
There was no remark from Israel, which usually doesn’t focus on such assaults publicly.
Israel’s intense bombardment of Gaza since Oct 7, which well being authorities within the Hamas-run enclave say has killed almost 25,000 Palestinians, shortly triggered border clashes between Israel and Lebanon’s Hezbollah.