The Chief Commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) said on Saturday that Israel will pay a heavy cost for their recent crimes in Gaza Strip.

Iran PressIran news: Major-General Hossein Salami made the comments during a meeting with the Secretary General of the Palestinian movement of Islamic Jihad Ziyad al-Nakhalah.

The IRGC commander noted that "the liberation of Palestine is not a dream; it is rather a goal and strategy for Iran to secure the freedom of Palestine and to return the lost and occupied lands of Palestine to its original owners."

"The strength of the Zionist regime is declining and the liberation of the Holy Quds is so close," Salami said.

He added, "Today the power of the Palestinian resistance has expanded so that they are capable of managing major wars."

The commander referred to a Friday aggression of the Zionist regime against the Gaza Strip which led to the death and injury of tens of Palestinian people innocent children, saying, "An immediate response by the Islamic Jihad to these crimes shows that a new chapter has begun in the life of the resistance."

He noted that the Zionists would pay a heavy cost for their recent crimes.

The Palestinian side, for his part, appreciated the support of the Islamic Republic of Iran for the Palestinian resistance and Intifada.

He added, "The Islamic Republic of Iran’s stand and confrontation against the US and the Zionist regime makes the Palestinian people happy and increases the morale of the Palestinian fighters."

Al-Nakhalah vowed that the Islamic Jihad would continue with its resistance along with other Palestinian resistance groups so as to give a timely response to any aggression by the Zionist regime.

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