Iran threatens Mediterranean closure over Gaza, without saying how

Iran threatens Mediterranean closure over Gaza, without saying how
Iran threatens Mediterranean closure over Gaza, without saying how

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Nevin Al Sukari - Sana'a - File photo of an Israeli military ship sailing in the Mediterranean Sea, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as seen from Southern Israel, December 17, 2023. ― Reuters pic

TEHRAN, Dec 23 ― An Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander said the Mediterranean Sea could be closed if the United States and its allies continued to commit ‘crimes’ in Gaza, Iranian media reported today, without explaining how that would happen.

Iran backs Hamas against Israel and it accuses the United States of backing what it calls Israeli crimes in Gaza, where weeks of bombardment have killed thousands of people and driven most of the population from their homes.

“They shall soon await the closure of the Mediterranean Sea, (the Strait of) Gibraltar and other waterways,” Tasnim quoted Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Naqdi, coordinating commander of the Guards, as saying.

Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group has over the past month attacked merchant vessels sailing through the Red Sea in retaliation for Israel's assault on Gaza, leading some shipping companies to switch routes.

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The White House yesterday said Iran was “deeply involved” in planning operations against commercial vessels in the Red Sea.

Iran has no direct access to the Mediterranean itself and it was not clear how the Guards could attempt to close it off, although Naqdi talked of “the birth of new powers of resistance and the closure of other waterways”.

“Yesterday, the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz became a nightmare for them, and today they are trapped ... in the Red Sea,” Naqdi was quoted as saying.

The only groups backed by Iran on the Mediterranean are Lebanon’s Hezbollah and allied militia in Syria, at the far end of the sea from Gibraltar. ― Reuters

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