Bulldozers work to remove rubble after the Israeli airstrike in the Al-Hama area, close to Jamraya where a research centre was targeted, Syria, May 5, 2013.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast says Israel’s acts of aggression against Syria will not go unanswered and Tel Aviv will receive a “crushing response.”
Mehmanparast on Sunday called for vigilance against Israeli plots to create instability in the region, adding, however, that “oppression and crime in the region will not endure.”
“The Zionist regime must realize that the atrocities it committed in Syria will not go unanswered and it must await a crushing response.”
Referring to Israel’s recent military aggression and targeting of Syria’s scientific centers, the Iranian official said Tel Aviv is trying to weaken the country’s defense and undermine its progress.
The Syrian state television reported on Sunday that Israel had attacked the Jamraya Research Center, located northwest of Damascus. The center had been targeted by another Israeli airstrike back in January.
The Israeli aggression “is aimed at loosening the noose around the terrorists” in the eastern Ghouta region, near Damascus, the state television added.
Sunday’s aggression came shortly after Tel Aviv confirmed on Friday that its warplanes had hit a “game-changing” target in Syria.
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman underlined the fact that trans-regional countries have triggered the crisis in Syria because of Damascus’ influential role in the region.
Mehmanparast added that Zionist elements were behind the recent desecration of a revered Shia Muslim figure’s shrine in Syria, adding that such an act demonstrates Israel’s hatred toward Islam and Muslim countries.
“This regime is trying to deal a blow to the Muslim world and [sow] discord among Islamic sects by using all means at its disposal,” the Foreign Ministry spokesman said, warning that such moves would have dire consequences for them.
Media reports said on Thursday that militant groups in Syria had raided the mausoleum of Hujr ibn Adi in the Damascus suburb of Adra, and transferred his remains to an unknown location.
Hujr, a close companion of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) and a loyal supporter of the first Shia Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (PBUH), led the army of Muslims to victory in several crucial battles.
He and his sons were killed upon the order of the Umayyad Caliph Muawiyah in the year 660 CE.