Iran vows to punish Israel for Syria air raid
A senior Iranian official has pledged that the Islamic Republic will punish Israel for the recent airstrikes on Syria that killed over a dozen people, including seven Iranian military advisors.
The punishment of the aggressor is certain but the Islamic Republic of Iran would decide on the time, place and way of giving a response to this “act of evil”, Secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) Ali Shamkhani told reporters on Tuesday before leaving Tehran to attend an international security conference in Russia’s Sochi.
“When a regime assumes the right to violate another country’s airspace in a planned move and also target forces fighting with terrorism, it should have definitely considered its consequences and retaliatory reactions,” he said.
Russia’s Defense Ministry said on April 9 that two Israeli F-15 warplanes carried out strikes from Lebanese air space on the T-4 air base on April 8.
“Two F-15 planes of the Israeli army hit the airbase between 03:25 am and 03:53 am Moscow time (0025 GMT and 0053 GMT) with the help of eight missiles controlled remotely from Lebanese territory, without entering Syrian air space,” the ministry said.
The Syrian state media also reported that the deadly attack was carried out by Israeli warplanes.
“The Israeli attack on the T-4 airport was carried out with F-15 aircraft that fired several missiles from above Lebanese territory,” a Syrian military source said.
Shamkhani further said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran has paid a considerable price in order to establish regional stability and fight against Takfiri terrorism. Therefore, it cannot remain indifferent to the worrying increase of destabilizing measures by the US, the Zionist regime (Israel) and some of their regional allies.”
He once again reiterated that the Iranian military advisors are present in Syria upon a request by the Arab country’s government with the purpose of countering the threat of terrorism and playing a decisive role in defeating terrorist groups in the region.
Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi in April strongly condemned the Israeli regime’s attack on an air base in the Syrian province of Homs, saying it was a blatant violation of international law which would strengthen terrorists.
“The Israeli regime’s aggression against Syria is a breach of this country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity and runs counter to all international regulations and principles,” Qassemi said.”It only will further complicate the critical situation in Syria and regional equations.”