Iran’s foreign minister warned in an ominous tweet Wednesday morning that time is “running out” for Israel following an attack on a hospital in Gaza, as experts grow concerned about a potential third world war.
Hossein Amir-Abdallahian shared the chilling message after hundreds died Tuesday in a missile strike at a Gaza City hospital, which Israel has claimed was caused by a failed rocket launch by the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group.
“After the terrible crime of the Zionist regime in the bombing and massacre of more than 1,000 innocent women and children in the hospital, the time has come for the global unity of humanity against this fake regime more hated than ISIS and its killing machine,” Amir-Abdollahian tweeted.
“Time is OVER!”
The Iranian Embassy in Syria also tweeted “time is up” in both Hebrew and Arabic.
The troubling message came just days after Amir-Abdollahian warned that a regional network of militias dubbed the “axis of resistance” would open “multiple fronts” against Israel if it continued to kill civilians in Gaza.
“Time is running out very fast,” Amir-Abdollahian said during a live televised interview with Iranian state television Monday night, according to the New York Times.
“If the war crimes against the Palestinians are not immediately stopped, other multiple fronts will open and this is inevitable.”
The latest warning came just hours after Hamas accused Israel of killing more than 500 people in an airstrike at the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital — which Israel has denied, insisting it was the work of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad militant group.
“An enemy rocket barrage was carried out towards Israel, which passed in the vicinity of the hospital when it was hit,” IDF spokesperson Daniel Hagari said in a statement.
“According to intelligence information, from several sources we have, the GAP organization is responsible for the failed shooting that hit the hospital.”
Still, Iran was also quick to condemn Israel for the attack, with Nasser Kan’ani, a spokesman for the country’s foreign ministry, calling it a “savage war crime” and an instance of “genocide.”
He accused Israel of carrying out a “bestial and appalling crime,” and said in a statement: “The Zionist regime of Israel once again revealed its savagery and inhumanity to the world and proved that it has no slightest adherence to the principles and rules of international law during times of war.”
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khameni also suggested Israeli officials “should be tried for their crimes.”
Iran’s threats have caused some to become concerned that if Iran escalate the war in Gaza, it could even bring Russia into the conflict — creating a potential Third World War.
Russian officials have already spoken out against the hospital attack, with Maria Zakharova, a spokeswoman for Russia’s foreign ministry, saying that Israel must provide satellite images to prove it was not involved, according to the Mail.
“So far, Russia and China have remained relatively restrained in their public statements, but if Iran gets directly involved, Russia is likely to feel compelled to support it due to Iran providing important missile and UAV supplies and training support to the Russian military in its war against Ukraine,” Justin Bronk, a senior research fellow at London‘s Royal United Services Institute, explained in an essay for the Mail.
Ray Dalio, the billionaire founder of Bridgewater Associates, who doubles as a financial historian, also warned that if the conflict spreads to “major countries, there will be a much more horrific hot World War.
“It seems to me that the Israeli-Hamas war is another classic, unfortunate step toward a more violent and encompassing war,” he wrote on LinkedIn.
King Abdullah II of Jordan, a major US ally, has also said: “This war, which has entered a dangerous phase, will plunge the region into an unspeakable disaster.”
After more than 10 days of the war, at least 3,000 Palestinians and 1,400 Israelis have been killed, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Israeli officials have vowed to destroy Hamas in an expected ground invasion of Gaza, with IDF soldiers also looking to rescue the more than 150 taken hostage by Hamas.