Iran-Israel War: Iran's Allies Prepare to Hit 200 Missiles
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Iran-Israel War: Iran's allies prepare to hit Israel with 200 missiles

Iran-Israel War: Iran's Allies Prepare to Hit 200 Missiles

The Iran-Israeli war began, and this was a logical development of the months-long confrontation in the Middle East. The massive strike by Iran and its proxy forces on Israeli soil on Sunday night was the largest since drone strikes on Saudi Arabian refineries in 2019 and 2020 strikes on Iraqi air bases housing US troops.

Background to the conflict

The conflict between Iran and Israel has a long history, based on contradictions on a number of regional issues, including Iran's nuclear program, the situation in Syria, Lebanon and Palestine. In recent years, the confrontation between the two countries has grown, resulting in a series of limited armed clashes that took place mainly in Syria.

Allies and adversaries of Iran

Recent events

This time, Iran said that its missile and drone attacks on Israeli territory were a “forced response” to the attack on the diplomatic mission in Damascus. As a result of the Israeli strike, the consular building of the embassy was destroyed, two brigadier generals of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and 16 other military personnel were killed. The Israeli attack on the Damascus consulate was condemned by the UN.

The role of proxy forces

For years, Iran has operated against Israel through its proxy forces, paramilitary groups from Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen. The most effective of them turned out to be the Lebanese Hezbollah, which directly borders Israel and has the ability to shell the entire territory of the country. After the 2006 Lebanon War, Hezbollah significantly improved its military capabilities and accumulated from 120 to 200 thousand missiles (mostly short-range missiles), which will allow it to bombard Israeli territory for several months.

Hezbollah missiles

"Land Weapons Bridge"

One of the key factors contributing to Iran’s growing influence in the region was the creation of the so-called “weapons land bridge” connecting Iran, Iraq, Syria and Lebanon. This corridor allows Iran to freely move weapons, ammunition and military specialists, strengthening the position of its proxy forces.

Israel's reaction

The Israeli leadership will not stand aside from what is happening and, without a doubt, will respond to Iran's night raid. The targets for this have already been identified, and Tel Aviv will likely seek to strike key infrastructure facilities of Iran and its proxy forces. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has already warned of clashes that could trigger a regional war.

The aggravation is growing

The Iran-Israeli war began, and this was the logical development of the months-long confrontation in the Middle East. The region is once again on the verge of a large-scale armed conflict, which could have the most serious consequences for all its participants. The international community must urgently take steps to de-escalate the situation and prevent a full-scale war between Iran and Israel.

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