Iran Orders Gaza Drill in Warning Message to US

Large terror exercise in Gaza ordered by Tehran to signal that Iran axis is ready to respond to American assault, Kan News reports.

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Iran ordered Tuesday’s large military exercise in the Gaza Strip as a warning message to the US, Palestinian sources told Kan News. The joint Hamas and Islamic Jihad drill included land and sea maneuvers, as well as rocket fire into the Mediterranean.  

Tehran arranged the exercise as a signal to America that Iran’s proxies across the region are ready to respond to US strikes, the sources said. The regime and its allies fear that President Trump, in coordination with Israel, plans to launch a significant offensive on Iran and its proxies in the coming days.  

On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry warned Israel not to cross any “red lines” in the Persian Gulf. The remarks followed reports that an IDF Navy submarine sailed through the Suez Canal en route to Iran or its vicinity. The statement also stressed that Tehran will take action to defend itself against US attacks.

Meanwhile, Hamas posted large billboards in Gaza bearing the image of Qasem Soleimani, the Quds Force commander killed by the US a year ago. The pictures were meant to further highlight the links with Iran as part of Tehran’s message of deterrence.

IDF drill near Gaza

As tensions rise, the IDF announced that it will launch its own military exercise Tuesday evening. As part of the drill, southern Israel residents can expect heavy military traffic, troop movements and naval maneuvers, the army said.

In recent days, the Nahal Brigade completed training sessions in preparation for conflict in Gaza. The IDF intends to deploy diverse capabilities in battle including armored corps and drones to overwhelm any Hamas defenses, a senior commander told Mako News.

Israel and the US are engaged in a tense standoff with the Iran axis, as both sides fear imminent attacks. Intelligence officials in Jerusalem and Washington believe that Tehran could strike to avenge the killing of senior officials, while Iran and Hezbollah are anxious about a potential US-Israeli assault.   

The latest developments in Gaza come as Israel and the US face a tense standoff with the Iran axis, with both sides fearing imminent attacks. Intelligence officials in Jerusalem and Washington believe that Tehran could strike to avenge the killing of senior officials, while Iran and Hezbollah are anxious about a potential US-Israeli assault.