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IRGC Deputy Commander Says Iran Would Attack Tel Aviv If Threatened

Iran -- Brigadier General Hossein Salami, deputy commander of Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran, in a ceremony of Monday April 30, 2018.

A deputy commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran sent a message to Israel during a recent strike on Golan “by firing tens of missiles,” telling Israel not to react to the attack “otherwise Iran would attack Tel Aviv.”

Hossein Salami made the statement in a speech on the occasion of the Qods day in Mashhad, a demonstration routinely held in Iran on the last Friday of Ramadan.

He said the Iranian strike on the Golan heights in May was in retaliation for Israel’s attacks on Iranian bases in Syria, the IRGC-linked Tasnim News Agency reported on June 8.

He noted that following the Iranian message Israel was not observed to take any further measure.

Following the Iranian attack on Golan, Israel announced on May 9 that “Israeli forces have attacked nearly all of Iranian targets in Syria.”

At least 11 Iranians were killed during the strike, according to human rights watchdogs.

Salami is known for making hollow threats, although he was never seen to have an instrumental part in any IRGC-related development.

Meanwhile, a statement issued at the end of the Qods rallies in Tehran on June 8 once again emphasized “annihilating Israel”and the “liberation of Jerusalem.”