Iran Warns of ‘Obliterating War’ if Israel Invades Lebanon

The warning came after the IDF hinted that it was prepared to invade Lebanon

Iran has warned that Israel will face a devastating war if its forces invade Lebanon. This statement comes after increased cross-border fire between the IDF and the Lebanese armed group Hezbollah.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was “prepared for a very intense operation” along the border with Lebanon. 

On Friday, Iran’s mission to the UN posted on X (formerly Twitter), calling Israel’s apparent preparations “psychological warfare” and “propaganda” but warning that “an obliterating war will ensue” if Israel carries out a full-scale attack on Lebanese territory.

“All options, including the full involvement of all resistance fronts, are on the table,” the Iranian mission said. It previously stated that Hezbollah “has the capability to defend itself and Lebanon” and would defeat the Israel Defense Forces.

On Saturday morning, Israel struck several sites in southern Lebanon. 

“In the past few hours, warplanes attacked several Hezbollah targets, including a military site for the organization in the Zabqin area, two operational infrastructure sites in the Khiam area, and a Hezbollah building in the al-Adissa area,” the IDF said.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant warned earlier this week that while Israel is not seeking a war with its neighbor, it is “preparing for every scenario” and could take “Lebanon back to the Stone Age.” Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah responded by saying a potential war would have “no restraint and no rules and no ceilings.”

The ongoing violence has raised concerns among Western politicians and relief groups. UN humanitarian affairs chief Martin Griffiths warned that the possibility of a war between Israel and Lebanon is “potentially apocalyptic.”