Israel warns of wider regional conflict amid growing tensions with Iran

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Israel’s Defense Minister has warned of a growing risk of regional conflict in the Middle East as the tensions with Iran increases.

On Tuesday, Yoav Gallant told a parliamentary committee that Israel was being attacked in a “multi-arena war” from seven areas, which he identified as Gaza, the West Bank, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Yemen.

“We have already responded and acted in six of these arenas and I say here in the most explicit way – anyone who acts against us is a potential target, there is no immunity for anyone,” he said.

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Israel declared war against Hamas in Gaza on October 7, when the Palestinian militant group entered the southern territory and killed more than 1,200 civilians and abducting at least 240 hostages. In retaliation, Israel launched a wide-scale military operation in the occupied West Bank against Hamas and other militant operatives.

Meanwhile, at its border with Lebanon, Israel has been exchanging missiles with Iran-backed Hezbollah, with episodes intensifying in the recent weeks.

A senior Iranian general based in Syria, Reza Mousavi was killed in an airstrike on Monday. Tehran has vowed to make Israel “pay’ for his death.