In a tragic incident in Kerman, Iran, two explosions occurred near the grave of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani, resulting in at least 103 fatalities and injuring up to 141 individuals. The blasts took place during a ceremony commemorating the fourth anniversary of Soleimani’s death, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2020 under the orders of then-President Donald Trump.
Iranian media, quoting a local official, reported that the explosions were caused by terrorist attacks. The official stated that several gas canisters exploded on the road leading to the cemetery, but did not specify any group responsible for the attack.
The incident adds to the ongoing tensions in the region involving Iran, the United States, and Israel. Iran’s proxy terrorist groups have been involved in over 100 attacks on U.S. bases in Iraq and Syria since October. Additionally, Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen have been disrupting trade in the Red Sea. Hezbollah, another group supported by Iran, has been threatening Israel’s northern border with drone attacks.
In a separate but related development, Hezbollah media confirmed that a senior Hamas leader, Saleh Arouri, was killed in a drone attack in Beirut, Lebanon. While Israel did not officially claim responsibility for the attack, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s administration noted its precise and surgical nature.
Ambassador Mark Regev, an adviser to Netanyahu, commented on the attack in Beirut, emphasizing that it was not directed at the Lebanese state or even the Hezbollah terrorist organization, but was a targeted strike against the Hamas leadership.
The situation in the Middle East remains tense, with these recent incidents highlighting the complex and volatile dynamics of the region. The international community continues to monitor these developments closely, as they have significant implications for regional stability and security.