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A group of foreign-backed militants in Syria (file photo)

A group of foreign-backed militants in Syria (file photo)

Senior Iranian lawmaker Hossein Naqavi-Hosseini says Israel has been trying to fuel crisis in Syria in order to exact revenge on the Islamic resistance front. “From the beginning of crisis in Syria, the Zionist regime [of Israel] has been trying to weaken this pole of [anti-Israel] resistance in the region,” Naqavi-Hosseini said on Saturday. Commenting on the recent Israeli attack on Syria, the Iranian lawmaker said, “If [news of] the Zionist regime’s assault against Syria proves to be true it would be a blatant violation of a country’s sovereignty." On January 30, the Syrian army said in a statement that two people were killed and five others injured in an Israeli airstrike on a research center in Jamraya, near the capital, Damascus. Israel declined to comment on the issue. Referring to Moscow’s stance regarding possible military intervention in Syria, Naqavi-Hosseini said, “The reason for Russia’s warning against any military intervention in Syria is that military interference in this crisis will lead to regional war.” The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on January 31 that Moscow was “deeply concerned” about reports of the airstrike deep inside Syria. “If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with an unprovoked strike against targets located on the territory of a sovereign state, which brazenly infringes on the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motive used for its justification,” the Russian Foreign Ministry stated. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. Many people, including large numbers of security personnel, have been killed in the violence. 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 fighting the Syrian government are foreign nationals. MYA/SS
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