Iran warns Israel against air strikes in Syria

On Tuesday, Iran announced “firm and appropriate” response to Israel, if it continues attacking targets in Syria.

Iranian President Hasan Ruhani

By Sohaila Barghash

Tehran has backed Bashar al-Assad and his forces since the beginning of the eight-year war against rebels and militants in Syria.

Israel takes Iran as its biggest security threat, which led them to attack Iranian targets in Syria throughout the war, carrying out continues air strikes.

In a meeting with Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid al-Moalem in Tehran, the secretary of Iran’s National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said “the Israeli attacks violated Syria’s territorial integrity and were unacceptable”.

He also warned that “If these actions continue, we will activate some calculated measures as a deterrent and as a firm and appropriate response to teach a lesson to the criminal and lying rulers of Israel.”

On the other hand, Israel’s PM Benjamin Netanyahu stated last month that Israeli forces would continue to attack Iranians in Syria and warned them to “get out of there” quickly.

In January, Israeli warplanes carried out an attack on what they called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, as Iran affirmed the presence of their military forces in Syria will continue.

On Tuesday, Syria’s Moalem said: “The Syrian government considers it to be its duty to keep Iranian security forces in Syrian territory.”

The tension rises in the war-torn country as foreign forces continue to fight one another, hindering the process of securing a safe zone.

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