Spokeswoman Rejects Israel’s Claim about Sending Message to Iran
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham strongly rejected the western and Israeli media reports alleging that Tel Aviv has sent a message to Iran to stress that it does not want an escalation of tensions with Tehran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group.
On January 24, the Times of Israel claimed that Tel Aviv has sent soothing messages to Iran and Hezbollah via Russia to stress that it is uninterested in an escalating conflict in the region.
Afkham categorically rejected the allegations, and said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has not received any official or unofficial message from the illegitimate Israeli regime.”
On January 18, a military helicopter gunship operated by the Israeli army fired two missiles into Amal Farms in the strategic Southwestern city of Quneitra, situated some 60 kilometers (37 miles) South of the capital, Damascus.
The attack killed an Iranian Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) brigadier general who provided military counseling to the Syrian army in its fight against terrorist groups, as well as five Hezbollah members, including the son of the slain Hezbollah top commander Imad Mughniyeh.
In response, Hezbollah launched a missile attack against Israeli soldiers near the Israeli-Lebanese border on Wednesday that left at least 15 Israeli soldiers dead.
The Israeli military said the attack took place near Mount Dov and Shebaa Farms, a disputed tract of land where the borders of Israel, Lebanon and Syria meet.
Israel’s military officials described the attack as severe, declaring a military state of emergency.