Pakistan says children killed in Iranian strikes

Iran says it has hit a militant group in western Pakistan, its third air strike on another country this week after earlier attacks on targets in Iraq and Syria.

Iranian state TV said the operation hit two sites in Balochistan linked to the militant group Jaish al-Adl.

Pakistani officials said two children were killed and three others injured.

Islamabad said the air strike was an “illegal act” and warned it could lead to “serious consequences”.

The latest air strike come at a time of growing tension across the Middle East, with more than 100 days of unprecedented war between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza and US-UK air strikes on Yemen, from where Iran-backed Houthis have been attacking commercial shipping in the Red Sea.

Tuesday’s strike in Pakistan hit a village in the vast south-western border province of Balochistan. Tehran said it was targeting Jaish al-Adl, or “army of justice”, an ethnic Baloch Sunni group that has carried out attacks inside Iran as well as on Pakistani government forces.

Late on Monday Iran launched fired ballistic missiles against targets in Iraq’s northern city of Irbil, prompting condemnation by the US.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said they struck what they claimed were an Israeli “spy headquarters” in Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan Region. Four civilians were killed and six hurt in the attack, local authorities said.

Iran then hit targets in Syria’s north-western Idlib province, which is the last remaining opposition stronghold in the country, outside of Syrian government control, and is home to 2.9 million displaced people, many of whom are living in dire conditions in camps.

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said the strikes in Syria were in retaliation for this month’s suicide bombing that killed 84 as crowds marked the fourth anniversary of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani’s assassination by the US.

Tehran has declared that it does not want to get involved in a wider conflict emanating from the war in Gaza. But groups in its so-called “Axis of Resistance”, which include the Houthis, Hamas in Gaza, Hezbollah in Lebanon and various groups in Syria and Iraq, have been carrying out attacks on Israel and its allies to show solidarity with the Palestinians.

Following the attack on its territory, Pakistan condemned what it called an “unprovoked violation of its airspace by Iran”. It said added that it was “even more concerning that this illegal act has taken place despite the existence of several channels of communication between Pakistan and Iran”.

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