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Iran "strongly" condemns Israel's airstrike on Syria


08:23, February 01, 2013

TEHRAN, Jan. 31 (Xinhua) -- Iranian Foreign Ministry officials on Thursday "strongly" condemned Israel's recent airstrike on a research center on the outskirts of Syrian capital Damascus, local media reported.

On Wednesday, the Syrian army said that Israel bombed a " scientific research center" near the Syrian-Lebanese border, leaving two people killed and five others injured in the attack. Damages to the facility were also reported.

A Syrian army's announcement said that the site has been targeted by "armed terrorist groups," a term used to describe Syrian rebel groups, in recent months, and accused Israel of meddling in Syria's internal affairs.

On Thursday, Iran's Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi described the attack as a "blatant violation" of Syria's territorial integrity, the official IRNA news agency reported.

"There is no doubt that the airstrike is in line with the West' s policies of undermining the victories of the Syrian government and its nation in restoring the country's authority, stability and security," Salehi was quoted as saying.

Also, Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said Thursday Israel is seeking to create insecurity and instability in the region, Press TV reported.

Mehmanparast told Press TV "The operation conducted by the aggressive Zionist forces against some targets in Syria last night shows that the Israeli government is creating instability and insecurity in regional countries as well as weakening the resistance movement."

"Any violation of a country's sovereignty and territorial integrity committed by the Zionist regime (of Israel) must be dealt with," the report quoted him as saying.

Mehmanparast warned that those who are creating tension, insecurity and instability in Syria are "in fact voluntarily or involuntarily laying the ground for more violations and aggressions by the Zionist regime."

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