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

23 May, 2018, 00:48 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Iranian Foreign Affairs Ministry Bahram Qassemi

The spokesman went on to say that as a committed party to the JCPOA, following the unilateral, illegal and scandalous withdrawal of the U.S. from the multi-national agreement, the Islamic Republic of Iran will remain in the deal as long as the remaining sides acknowledge Iran's rights under the accord.

Lavrentiev has confirmed that President Vladimir Puttin's remarks on the need to withdraw foreign troops from Syria had implied Iranian forces and Hezbollah militia fighters as well as Turkish and American troops.

Israeli relations with Iran are strained over Tehran's curtailed, yet still existing nuclear program, hostile rhetoric and support for Syria in its fight against terrorist groups.

A senior diplomat says Damascus views any Israeli attack on Syria an act of "aggression" and will confront it, following Israel's raids under the pretext of targeting Iranian forces.

Read Haddad, the country's ambassador to Russian Federation said: "Syria has its own sovereignty".

The recapture of Islamic State-held pockets in the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk and the nearby Hajar al-Aswad district in southern Damascus came after a bombing campaign that has all but decimated what was left of the residential area on the edge of the capital, once home to about 200,000 Palestinian refugees. Some fired in the air in celebration.




This marks the third such known meeting inside Russian Federation between Assad and President Putin since 2015, and the first since two major instances of external airstrikes on the Syrian government dramatically escalated the prospect for broader war.

The Washington Post and CNN, for example, focused on Iran and Hezbollah as key foreign forces that have "helped to prop up the embattled President [Assad]". Iran blamed Israel and vowed to retaliate. Earlier this month, it launched a blistering bombardment of Iranian positions in Syria after an alleged Iranian rocket barrage toward its positions on the annexed Golan Heights.

Syria's military announced Monday that it cleared Damascus and its suburbs of the last elements of the Islamic state militant group, ISIS.

The TV quotes an unnamed military official as saying that a truce was in place to evacuate women, children and elderly people on Sunday night from Damascus' southern neighborhood of Hajar al-Aswad.

Information for this article was contributed by Nasser Karimi, Albert Aji and Bassem Mroue of The Associated Press.

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