In a stark warning to Israel, Tehran said that it would give a strong and massive response to any Israeli aggression against Iran’s national interests.

Iran PressIran News: "Israel must know that our response to aggression against our national security will be strong and massive," an Iranian official said on Saturday afternoon.

"Israel is looking for excuses to drag the region into a tension that creates chaos in the last days of the Trump presidency," the official told Aljazeera.

An Israel Army spokesman told a Saudi newspaper on Friday that Israeli submarines were quietly operating everywhere.

The Iranian warning came against a backdrop of heightened tensions between Iran and Israel and the United States, just a few days before the first martyrdom anniversary of Iran’s top military official Qassem Soleimani, who was assassinated in an American drone strike near Baghdad airport on January 3. 2020 while visiting Iraq.

Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis, deputy head of the Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), who accompanied Lieutenant General Soleimani upon his arrival in Baghdad, was also assassinated.