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Israeli airstrike complicates Syria's crisis


08:31, February 06, 2013

Key Words: Syria; Syria's crisis; Israeli airstrike

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BEIJING, Feb. 5 (Xinhua) -- Israel's recent airstrike on a Syrian military research center has complicated the Syria crisis that has been protracted for nearly two years with no signs of an end in sight.

On Monday, Syrian Defense Minister Fahd Jassem al-Freij said Israel launched the Wednesday airstrike in cooperation with armed Syrian rebels fighting government forces on the ground.

The research center in Damascus' northwestern suburb of Jumraya had been repeatedly targeted by the rebels who failed to destroy it before the Israeli air raid, the minister said, stressing that the Syrian army would do its utmost to protect the country's institutions.

Syria has said Israeli fighters sneaked into the country and hit a center for scientific research on Jan. 30. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak acknowledged the strike Sunday.

Iran, a staunch ally of President Bashar al-Assad throughout the Syria crisis, condemned Israel on Monday, warning that it would regret its airstrike.

Saed Jalili, head of Iran's Supreme National Security Council, who was in Damascus on a visit, said that Iran would use all its international relationships to support Syria, adding that Syria is an important part of the Islamic world on which no aggression would be allowed.

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