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UPDATED: 16:32, July 16, 2006
Iran warns Israel against attacking Syria
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Iran warned Israel on Sunday against attacking Syria amid a mounting tension between the Jewish nstate and Lebanon following an abduction of two Israeli soldiers by Lebanese Hezbollah militia on Wednesday.

Iran was "standing by the Syrian people" and Israel would face "unimaginable losses" if it attacks Syria, said Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.

He expressed hope that Israel "does not make the mistake of attacking Syria", adding that "extending the front would definitely make the Jewish state face unimaginable losses."

He underscored that "Iran is standing by the Syrian people."

On Saturday, the Israeli army confirmed that it had fired rockets on no-man's land between Lebanon and Syria without disclosing whether it was aimed at Syrian targets.

Shortly after the bombing, Syria denied report that the attack was targeting its country, saying that no military or civilian installation was targeted in any part of the country.

Meanwhile, Israel's head of military operations General Gadi Azincot told a news conference in Jerusalem that Syria was not an objective of the operation.

He warned that Lebanese Hizbollah wanted to draw Syria into the battle, urging Syrians to "exercise their judgement".

"As far as we are concerned, we are fighting against Hizbollah, not against Syrians," Azincot said.

Source: Xinhua

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