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Iran. Unrest in the Middle East. Tehran issued a threat

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After Tehran's renewed announcement of revenge, the unknown remains “when, not if, Iran will attack” Israel, Bloomberg wrote, citing sources in the US administration. On Wednesday in Tehran, the country's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, announced that Israel “must and will be punished” for the April 1 attack on the Iranian consulate in Syria. Two generals and five other members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps were killed.

Bloomberg stated that Iran could carry out attacks using precision rockets and drones for military and government facilities. Some analysts believe that Iran currently does not have the military potential for a significant confrontation, and a direct attack on Iran would mean a sharp increase in the risk of a significant escalation of the conflict. A possible alternative is an attack via one of the client armed terrorist groups, such as Hezbollahwhich has been in operation since October last year it exchanges fire with Israel almost every day from Lebanon – noted the BBC website on Thursday. – Hezbollah has much greater capabilities than Hamas and the entire territory of Israel is within the range of hundreds of thousands of its rockets and missiles – Joe Buccino, former director of communications at the US Army Central Command, told the British portal.

Near East. Iran threatens to attack Israel

If the Security Council UN condemns Israel's act of aggression against our diplomatic mission in the Syrian capital Damascus and will hold its perpetrators accountable, we can refrain from retaliating against Israel, Iran's permanent mission to the UN in New York said on Thursday. An appropriate message was posted on social media.

For several days, American and Israeli forces in the region have been put on high alert. Last week The Israel Defense Forces canceled soldiers' leave serving in combat units and called up reservists to strengthen air defense units, the portal recalled.

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President of the USA Joe Biden said Wednesday that the American commitment “to the security of Israel from the threats posed by Iran and its allies is unwavering. (…) We will do everything in our power to protect Israel's security“- Biden said.

Iran wants revenge. The West calls for de-escalation

In an interview with the Qatari website Al Jazeera, an American official said that if Iran attacked, US forces could help shoot down missiles and drones. In his opinion, the US has not ruled it out either take joint action with Israel against the Islamic Republic or its allies if they attacked the Jewish state.

According to the BBC, US envoy to the Middle East Brett McGurk asked the heads of diplomacy of the governments of Arab countries – Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Iraq – to calling on Iran to “de-escalate”. The foreign ministers complied with this request, the BBC reported, citing anonymous sources in the US government.

British Foreign Minister David Cameron spoke on the matter. The politician appealed to his Iranian counterpart not to drag the “Middle East into a wider conflict.” He added that Tehran should de-escalate.

Iran. Russia called for “restraint”

Russia, Reuters reported, also turned to the countries of the Middle East with a call to “show restraint”. During Thursday's press conference, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov emphasized that it was important “not to completely destabilize the situation in a region that is not a model of stability and predictability.” On the same day, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned citizens not to travel to the Middle East, “especially to Lebanon, Israel and the Palestinian territories.”

Iran's supreme leader – summed up the emigration website Iran International – “faced the dilemma of whether to escalate the conflict, risking serious consequences in the face of Iran's isolation and economic crisis, or to do nothing and lose credibility among his supporters in the country and the region.”

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