Iranian military jets
Iranian military jetsReuters

Iran on Sunday threatened the United States, with its Defense Minister, Mohammad-Reza Ashtiani, warning it would "be hit hard" if Washington did not implement a ceasefire in Gaza.

"Our advice to the Americans is to immediately stop the war in Gaza and implement a ceasefire, otherwise they will be hit hard," Ashtiani said, as quoted by Reuters.

Iranian-backed militias have recently attacked US bases in Iraq and Syria.

US officials confirmed recently that American troops stationed in the Middle East have been attacked 13 times in one week by suicide drones and rockets.

Following the repeated attacks, the Pentagon announced that President Joe Biden had ordered strikes on two facilities in Syria used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and groups supported by Tehran.

Biden has several times warned Iran not to attack US troops in the region, including in a speech in which he warned Iran not to take advantage of the fighting between Israel and Hamas.

Iran is widely believed to have helped plan Hamas' October 7 attack against Israel and to have given the green light for the assault days before it occurred.