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Iran and Pakistan Exchange Missile Strikes

19.01.2024
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On Tuesday, Iran launched strikes on two bases of the Sunni militant group Jaish al-Adl in Pakistan, Iranian state media reported. This happened the day after Tehran launched strikes in northern Iraq and Syria. Pakistan said two children were killed in the strikes and threatened consequences. “These bases were hit and destroyed by missiles and drones,” Mehr reported. Nournews clarifies that the bases were located in the Pakistani province of Balochistan on the border with Iran.

Earlier, Iranian authorities reported that Jaysh al-Adl militants carried out attacks on representatives of Iranian security forces in border areas. Tehran considers the group terrorist. Pakistani authorities called Iran's actions illegal and said the strikes killed two children and injured three others. The Pakistani Foreign Ministry summoned Iran's charge d'affaires and protested against the "unprovoked violation of the country's airspace."

On Thursday, Pakistan launched retaliatory missile attacks on areas of Iran in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchistan, where Islamabad said terrorists were hiding. Nine deaths were reported. Pakistan Television reported that Thursday's strike killed two men, three women and four children.

The exchange of missile strikes between Iran and Pakistan comes against the backdrop of overall rising tensions in the Middle East.

 

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