Iran’s foreign minister: Armed groups are poised with ‘their finger on the trigger’

Iran’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian stated that Iran-aligned militias are prepared to escalate the conflict if Israel’s actions in Gaza and the West Bank persist.

Situation Overview: Iran warns of escalation in conflict if Israeli actions continue.
* In an interview with Morning Edition’s Steve Inskeep, Amir-Abdollahian hinted at plans by “leaders of the resistance” that extend beyond the current state of affairs

What We’re Hearing: Iran maintains claims of only politically supporting Hamas.
* Amir-Abdollahian clarified that Iran provides only political support to Hamas, avoiding acknowledgement of Iran’s aid in arming Hamas, but added that Hamas has sufficient arms already.

Preparation for Conflict: According to Abdollahian, the allies of Iran are ready for action.
* The Iranian foreign minister stated that militants allied with Iran were ready to act if necessary, with “their finger on the trigger.”

Consequences of Conflict: Massive displacement and casualties prevail in Palestine due to Israeli operations.
* Over 7000 Palestinians have been killed, and over a million displaced, as a result of Israeli actions in Gaza, according to Palestinian health officials.

Stance on Prisoners: Amir-Abdollahian discussed the issue of civilian prisoners held by Hamas.
* The foreign minister mentioned Hamas is ready to release non-military prisoners following a ceasefire, and reaffirmed their willingness to keep civilians out of the conflict.

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