Discussing attacks by Iran-backed groups across the region during the Gaza war, Secretary of State Blinken said: “Iran and its proxies claim that they’re carrying out these attacks somehow on behalf of the Palestinian people. That is absolutely wrong and it’s a cover for their true intent. Not a single one of these attacks has advanced the rights, the opportunities, the security and the dignity of the Palestinians. They are all fundamentally about Iran’s quest for power”. He further noted that “since 7 October, we’ve been very clear in warning any actor that would try to take advantage of the conflict: Don’t do it. We’ve been very clear that we do not want to see the conflict expanded, we don’t want to see escalation; but we’ve also been clear that if our personnel, if our people are threatened, if they’re attacked, we will respond”.
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