After a surprise and deadly assault by Hamas, Israel declared war, prompting Iran to request an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).
On October 9, 2023, during an Israeli airstrike, a plume of smoke rose in the sky of Gaza City. (Photo: AFP)
Iran has urgently requested a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as hostilities between Hamas and Israeli forces escalate, following a weekend attack by Hamas on Israel.
Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani confirmed the call for the OIC meeting to address regional developments. Iran denied involvement in the attacks, which resulted in 700 Israeli casualties and numerous abductions by Hamas, along with over 400 Palestinian casualties.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated there was no evidence linking Iran to the attacks but acknowledged historical ties between Tehran and Hamas. Iran’s support for Palestinian groups complements its broader backing of militias and armed factions across the Middle East, extending its influence into Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Gaza.
The Hamas incursion, one of the most significant into Israel in decades, coincides with US-backed efforts to encourage Saudi Arabia to normalize relations with Israel, potentially impacting Saudi Arabia’s recent warming of ties with Tehran.