Iranian President Threatens ‘Massive Response’ Amid Reports Of Near Israeli Attack

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi warned on April 17 that the “tiniest move” against the country would bring a “fierce” response

“The smallest action against Iran’s interests will definitely be met with a fierce, widespread and painful response against all its perpetrators,” the president warned, according to semi-official Tasnim News Agency.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) launched some 300 missiles and drones at Israel over the night of April 13 and 14.

The unprecedented attack, which was codenamed “Operation Honest Promise,” was a response to the April 1 Israeli strike on the Iranian embassy in the Syrian capital, Damascus. The strike claimed the lives of at least 13 people, including senior commanders from the IRGC.

The Israeli military alleged that 99% of the Iranian projectiles were intercepted by its military and allies. Still, two air bases in the south of the country and the occupied Syrian Golan Heights were hit.

Speaking at an annual army parade ahead of National Army Day tomorrow, Raisi said that the missile and drone attack was a limited one, and that if Iran had wanted to carry out a bigger attack, “nothing would remain from the Zionist regime.”

Israel has vowed to respond, without saying when or how, while its allies have called on both sides to avoid further escalation.

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