Iran FM Says Tehran Does Not Want Israel-Hamas Conflict To Spread

WASHINGTON — Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian on Sunday said Iran does not want war to “spread out” following the Oct. 7 attack by Palestinian militants of Hamas on Israel that killed at least 1,400 people, mostly civilians.

Israel has since bombarded the Gaza Strip with air strikes and begun ground operations with the aim of destroying the Iran-backed Islamist group Hamas and returning more than 200 people abducted to Gaza from Israel.

“We don’t want this war to spread out,” Amirabdollahian said during an appearance on CNN.

Iran likely knew that Hamas was planning “operations against Israel,” the U.S. has said, but initial U.S. intelligence reports showed that some Iranian leaders were surprised by the attack, the deadliest day of Israel’s 75-year history.


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