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Germany warns Iran not to ‘pour oil on the fire’ of Israel-Hamas war

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Germany on Monday warned Iran not to further inflame the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas after the country’s foreign minister met with high-ranking Hamas officials.

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“Anyone who wants to play with fire in this situation and pour oil on the fire or ignite it in any other way should really think twice because we are facing a potentially major regional conflict,” foreign ministry spokesman Sebastian Fischer said.

Iran warned Israel of escalation if it failed to end aggressions against Palestinians, with its foreign minister saying other parties in the region were ready to act, the semi-official Fars news agency reported on Sunday.

“If the Zionist aggressions do not stop, the hands of all parties in the region are on the trigger,” Hossein Amir-Abdollahian was quoted as saying.

Iran’s top authority Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Tuesday Tehran was not involved in the militant Hamas group’s attack on Israel, but hailed what he called Israel’s “irreparable” military and intelligence defeat.

Israel has long accused Iran’s clerical rulers of stoking violence by supplying arms to Hamas. Tehran says it gives moral and financial support to the group, which controls the Gaza Strip.

Backing the Palestinian cause has been a pillar of the Islamic Republic since the 1979 revolution and a way the Shia-dominated country has fashioned itself as a leader of the Muslim world.

Amir-Abdollahian met with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Saturday in Qatar, where they discussed the group’s deadly attack in Israel “and agreed to continue cooperation” to achieve the group’s goals, the Iran-backed Hamas said in a statement.

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