Iranians vow revenge on Israel as ayatollah plays up Mughniyeh ties


Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei and Jihad Mughniyeh (photo credit: @khamenei_ir, Twitter)
Iranian officials threatened harsh retaliation against Israel Tuesday over a reported airstrike two days earlier, as the country’s supreme leader highlighted his personal connection with Jihad Mughniyeh, a Hezbollah commander who was killed in the attack.


By Ilan Ben Zion|The Times of Israel

Revolutionary Guards chief Mohammad Ali Jafari said that Israel should anticipate “devastating lightning,” according to the Iranian Tasnim news agency, and that Iran would widen its support for Muslim fighters in the Middle East “until the final collapse of the Zionist regime.”

Several Hezbollah and Iranian operatives were killed in a strike on a convoy in Syria on Sunday near the border with Israel. Hezbollah said Mughniyeh was killed along with five others, and Iran confirmed Revolutionary Guards commander Mohamed Allahdadi died in the strike as well.

A source told AFP six Iranians were killed in the bombing.

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