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Al-Aqsa Storm made Israelis believe in their ‘nightmare of collapse’: Iran military chief

Palestinian fighters take control of an Israeli tank after crossing the fence separating the Gaza Strip from the occupied territories from Khan Yunis on October 7, 2023. (Photo by AFP)

Chief of Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces Major General Mohammad Baqeri says the “glorious” Palestinian military operation in the occupied territories made the rulers of the regime believe their “nightmare of collapse” is coming to life.

In a message issued on Sunday, Baqeri congratulated the Gaza-based resistance fighters on their victorious raid, dubbed Al-Aqsa Storm, saying Palestinian youth will soon enough liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the occupation of the Zionist enemy.

“Al-Aqsa Storm turned the Zionist leaders’ nightmare of the regime’s collapse into a certainty and proved that some desperate efforts, such as the ridiculous normalization show, will not be able to slow down or delay the decline and the collapse of the spider’s den (Israel),” he said.

“The Palestinian groups’ combined and glorious operation … against the positions and fortifications of armed to teeth Zionist regime in the occupied territories, once again proved the false awe and fake power of this occupying regime.”

On Saturday, the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement launched its large-scale operation with a heavy barrage of rockets in response to Israel’s desecration of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and increased settler violence. 

It shook the Israeli security establishment, leaving 350 Israelis dead and 750 others missing.                     

Baqeri emphasized that the surprise operation demonstrated “bright scenes of resistance and perseverance” as it was “the product of the holy anger that the Zionist enemy has planted in the oppressed Palestinian nation.”

Military analysts and strategists, he added, have been bewildered at the level of power achieved by the Palestinian nation after decades of oppression.

“Once the stone Intifada (uprising) was the Palestinian nation’s only defense tool, but today Palestinian fighters have reached a level of capability that enables them to deal strong blows to the Zionist enemy and make a mockery of its air defense systems and Iron Dome by firing thousands of rockets and missiles as part of a complex combined operation,” the top general said.

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