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Iranian top diplomat slams Trump's allegations against Tehran as hypocritical

12 April, 2018, 00:22 | Author: Kristen Ingram
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SANA news agency reported that the missile attack on the T4 military air base in Homs province resulted in a number of casualties, without giving details.

"The Israeli regime's aggression against Syria is a breach of this country's national sovereignty and territorial integrity and runs counter to all global regulations and principles", Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said.

Still, Israel's Foreign Ministry accused the Bashar al-Assad regime of committing "crimes against humanity" with a deadly chemical weapons attack on rebel-held Douma over the weekend.

But Israeli officials said the Tiyas, or T-4, air base was being used by troops from Iran and that Israel would not accept such a presence in Syria by its arch foe.

Some Iranian media reported that one of those killed was a member of the Revolutionary Guards Aerospace Force, a division that operates drones.

According to independent monitors, hundreds of thousands of civilians have been killed in the war, mostly by the regime and its powerful allies, and millions have been displaced both inside and outside of Syria. Israel viewed that and all other Iranian military forces in Syria as an unacceptable threat to the security fo the Jewish state.

The Israeli military has been placed on high alert along the fraught northern border after Iran threatened retaliation for an airstrike on a Syrian airbase on Monday that killed seven of its countrymen. Iran refused being the foundation of the drone.

The attack demonstrated the multi-faceted nature of the Syria conflict, which started in March 2011 as an uprising against Assad and now involves several countries and various insurgent groups in a web of alliances. On Tuesday, the Iranian foreign ministry, Mohammad Javad Zarif, disregarded the accusations, calling Mr. Trump's examination that Iran and Russian Federation shared liability to the attack a "cheap shot". That incursion sparked a series of aerial clashes that resulted in the Iranian aircraft being shot down, an Israeli F-16I getting hit by Syrian anti-aircraft fire and crashing in a field, and a significant percentage of Syria's air defenses being destroyed in retaliation.

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