The government in Iran has launched a massive campaign to rally volunteers ready to fight against Israel.
Over the past weeks, Iranians have received text messages on their mobile phones in which they are asked to declare their readiness to join the war between Israel and Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
The SMSs included slogans such as "I am your rival" and "I love fighting with Israel."
A Tehran resident reported the presence of a mural in Enghelab Square proclaiming the readiness of millions of Iranians to engage in hostilities against Israeli forces.
Ahmad Hossein Fallahi, the representative of Hamadan in the Iranian parliament, stated on November 6 that 150 lawmakers had declared their readiness to join the conflict.
And on October 16, the semi-official Mehr news agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), claimed that 2.5 million young Iranians had registered on a website especially created to rally supporters of a war against Israel.
IranWire could not independently confirm these figures.
But a source from a government agency has denied that vast numbers of Iranians had expressed readiness to join the war.
Israeli ground forces are pushing deeper into the Gaza Strip in their attempt to destroy Hamas. The Israeli military says it encircled Gaza City and divided the coastal territory into two.
While openly admitting its backing for Hamas, Iran's clerical rulers insist the Islamic Republic was not involved in the group’s October 7 attack on Israel.
They have also warned Israel of an escalation if it failed to end its assault on Gaza, with authorities indicating Tehran-backed proxies across the Middle East were ready to act.