A high-ranking Iranian official has condemned Israel’s airstrike on a military research center near the Syrian capital city of Damascus, noting that the assault will have serious consequences for the Tel Aviv regime. Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Arab and African Affairs Hossein Amir-Abdollahian said on Thursday that the attack clearly demonstrated that foreign-sponsored militants and Israel pursue the same goals with regard to Syria. He called on the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon to adopt an effective and practical measure against the attack.
“Parties that have always taken tough stances on Syria should now take serious measures and decisive positions on this invasion by Tel Aviv and place regional security high on their list of priorities,” Amir-Abdollahian pointed out.The Iranian deputy foreign minister also advised Israeli officials not to rely too much on the Patriot missile systems deployed in the region, stressing that their ineffectiveness has been already proven in the Israel's eight-day aggression against the Gaza Strip in November 2012. The Syrian Army said in a statement on Wednesday that two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a scientific center in Jamraya, located 25 kilometers (15 miles) northwest of the capital Damascus. Syria has been experiencing unrest since March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security forces, have been killed in the turmoil. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. MP/SS/SL