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Iran threatens Mediterranean closure over Israel’s genocidal war on Gaza

An Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) commander said the Mediterranean Sea could be closed if the US and its allies continued to commit “crimes” in Gaza, Iranian media reported on Saturday.

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

The commander did not explain how that would happen.

Iran does not have direct access to the Mediterranean, but Naqdi talked of “the birth of new powers of resistance and the closure of other waterways”.

He may have been referring to Iranian allies in Syria and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, who do have access to the Mediterranean.

“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, referring to Yemen’s Houthis attacking Israeli-linked vessels.

Meanwhile, at least 201 Palestinians were killed by Israeli bombardment over the past 24 hours, according to the Palestinian health ministry.

A further 368 Palestinians were wounded in the enclave over the same period, it added on Saturday.

It brings the total number of those killed by Israeli forces since 7 October in Gaza to 20,258, and the number of wounded to 53,688.

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