According to diplomatic sources, Iran warned on Saturday that it will intervene in the Israel-Hamas conflict if the Israel Defense Force (IDF) launches a ground assault in the Gaza Strip.
Iran has supported and funded Hamas for decades and regards it as a proxy capable of launching attacks on its behalf.
Axios reports that Iran warned Israel through the United Nations on Saturday that it will intervene in the Israel-Hamas conflict if the IDF launches a ground assault in Gaza, heightening the risk of a much broader regional war.
Saturday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian met with a United Nations diplomat to discuss the conflict.
Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran does not want to get involved in the conflict, but that it would if Israel launches a ground assault in Gaza, which would be a “red line”
Amir-Abdollahian added that Iran desires to assist in efforts to liberate the more than 120 hostages that Hamas has held since October 7.
Iran could enter the conflict in a variety of methods, including through its proxy Hezbollah or by entering into a direct military conflict with Israel.