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UN chief says he is concerned about escalation of conflict after Iran attack on Israel

UN Secretary-General António Guterres condemned Iran's attack on Israel this Saturday (13) and called for moderation and an immediate cessation of hostilities.

“I am deeply alarmed by the very real danger of a devastating escalation across the region,” Guterres said.

“I urge all parties to exercise maximum restraint to avoid any action that could lead to major military clashes on multiple fronts in the Middle East,” he continued.

Iran and Hezbollah launched more than 200 devices, including drones and missiles, against Israeli territory.

Iran's retaliation was already predicted by Israeli authorities, after the Islamic Republic accused Israel of carrying out an attack on the country's diplomatic representation in Syria last week, amid the intensification of tensions between the two countries in recent months.

“The malicious Zionist regime will be punished,” said Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in a social media post this Saturday.

At the UN, Iran said the attack was a response to the country's attack on the Iranian consulate in Damascus and that “the matter can be considered concluded.”

Iran's Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York said the action was a response to “Israeli aggression against our diplomatic facilities in Damascus.”

“However, if the Israeli regime makes another mistake, Iran’s response will be considerably more severe. It is a conflict between Iran and the rogue Israeli regime, which the United States must stay away from,” he declared.

*Published by Douglas Porto, with information from Reuters and CNN Internacional

Source: CNN Brasil

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