Iran warned Israel on Tuesday that it would respond in a “firm and dissuasive” way to new air attacks by the Jewish state against its positions in Syria.
Ali Shamkhani, secretary of the Iranian National Security Council, issued the warning during a meeting in Tehran with Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moualem. Iran is with Russia one of the two main allies of the regime of Bashar al-Assad.
Israel claims to have conducted more than 200 airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria over the past two years, with the aim of preventing the Islamic Republic from establishing a lasting military presence there.
These attacks violate the territorial integrity of Syria and are “unacceptable,” said Ali Shamkhani.
“If these actions continue, we will trigger calculated deterrence measures that will constitute a firm and appropriate response and serve as a lesson” to the Israelis, the national security adviser added, quoted by the Iranian news agency Fars.