Israeli Airstrikes on Alleged Iranian Targets in Syria Is Aggression - Envoy


"We will repel any aggression against Syria, regardless where it will take place", Riad Haddad told reporters in the Russian city of Sevastopol.

"Syria has its own sovereignty".

The exchange of fire was the most direct confrontation between the two Middle East rivals after years of standoff in Syria and came just one day after Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement and reimposed sanctions on Iran.

The Sky News Arabia outlet reported that the explosions were caused by an attack on an advanced Iranian air defense system. Nearly all previous Israeli airstrikes on targets in Syria have been late at night or in the pre-dawn hours.

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In the meantime, Iran has remained a close ally of Syria and supported its legitimate government in the face of foreign-backed militancy.

Putin had said earlier on Thursday after meeting with Assad that "we start off from the tangible victories and the success of the Syrian army in the fight against terrorism and the launch of an active phase of a political process, which will be followed by the start of the pullout of foreign armed forces from Syrian territory".

According to Russia's Defense Ministry, Israel used 28 warplanes in the attack and fired 70 missiles.

Iranian officials traditionally do not respond to Israeli claims, saying they do not merit an answer.

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This is a reference to the still ongoing but thorny Astana, Kazakhstan centered talks involving Russia, Turkey, and Iran which has been by and large rejected by the vast majority of anti-Assad fighters, especially due to Iran's contentious role as a main guarantor of the deal. It has conducted multiple airstrikes against military bases it alleged were Iranian targets in recent years.

Israel has been acting as a de facto air force of the militants for some time but its extensive raids on May 10 were its most brazenly direct engagement in Syria's fight on terrorism.

The prepared roadmap revolves around economic, commercial, transportation, and industrial cooperation between that two countries as well as renovation of damaged constructions in Syria, the Iranian transport minister, who arrived in Damascus the same morning leading a delegation, announced.

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