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Iran warns Israel against hostile action

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A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency on April 18, 2022 shows President Ebrahim Raisi (center) attends a military parade alongside high-ranking officials and commanders during a ceremony marking the country's annual army day in Tehran. AFP

Iran warns Israel against hostile action

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on April 18 warned that the armed forces would not let arch-foe Israel rest if it took action targetting the Islamic republic.

“You must know that if you try to take any action against the Iranian nation … our armed forces will not leave you in peace,” Raisi said, during a military parade to mark National Army Day.

His comments come days after he warned neighbouring Iraq against using its territory for activities that disrupt Iran’s security.

Last month, Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, the military’s ideological arm, said it fired a dozen ballistic missiles at a “strategic” site in Arbil, the capital of Iraq’s autonomous northern Kurdistan region, claiming that they were being used by Israel.

However, Arbil governor Oumid Khouchnaw dismissed as “baseless” the presence of Israeli sites in and around the city.

Also last month, Israel hosted talks attended by top Arab diplomats and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, saying the meeting would send a strong message to Tehran.

“This new architecture, the shared capabilities we are building, intimidates and deters our common enemies – first and foremost Iran and its proxies,” Israeli foreign minister Yair Lapid said at the end of the meeting in southern Israel.

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