Iran says Israel will pay for Syria attack


Iran says an Israeli airstrike in Syria that killed four people, including two Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers, will be avenged.

Syrian state media said the other two victims of Monday’s strike on Damascus were civilians, while the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights identified them as Syrian militiamen. pro-Iranians.

The Observatory said the two Iranians killed belonged to Iran’s elite Al-Quds Force. Six militiamen were also injured, he added.

Holding Israel accountable for these attacks “is one of the main goals of the resistance (forces) in the region,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

The guards’ website, Sepah News, identified the two slain officers as Colonels Ehsan Karbalaipour and Morteza Saeidnejad, adding that Israel would “pay for this crime”. Their funeral will take place on Wednesday, he said.

The Observatory said Monday was the seventh Israeli strike on Syria this year and the target was an arms and ammunition depot near Damascus airport.

Israel rarely comments on airstrikes in Syria, of which it has carried out hundreds since the start of the civil war in 2011.

Iran has been Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad’s most supportive ally throughout the conflict. Backed by Russian air power, the Syrian army and thousands of Iranian-backed militias are fighting the insurgents.

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