Archive for April 10, 2018

Tehran will respond to ‘Israeli crime’ in Syria, senior adviser to Khamenei warns

April 10, 2018

On Tuesday, a senior Iranian official told a Lebanese TV station that Tehran will respond to the recent airstrike on a Syrian base, referring to it as the “Israeli crime.” In the attack, seven Iranians were killed.

Becca Noy

Iranian military equipment on display Photo Credit: EPA

A senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said today that “the Israeli crime will not remain without response,” referring to the attack on Syria’s T-4 airbase, which has been attributed to Israel by the Syrian regime and its allies. The senior Iranian official made this remark during an interview with the Lebanese al-Mayadeen TV station, Hadashot news reported Tuesday.

According to the same report, Iran’s defense minister also made a threat this morning. “It’s best for our enemies that they not test our defense capabilities because every mistake in their calculations will be met with a painful response,” Brigadier General Amir Hatami stated.

 The airstrike took place early Monday morning. According to Russia, two Israeli fighter jets carried out the attack in which 14 people were killed. An Iranian news agency reported on Tuesday that seven of the fatalities were Iranian nationals.

On Monday, UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that the situation in Syria could seriously deteriorate if the sides do not demonstrate restraint. “The Council cannot allow a situation of uncontrollable escalation to develop in Syria, on any front,” de Mistura said during an emergency UN Security Council meeting that was called due to the Syrian regime’s alleged chemical attack in Douma.

At the meeting, US Ambassador Nikki Haley warned that Washington will respond to the chemical attack with or without the international body’s support. “History will record this as the moment when the Security Council either discharged its duty or demonstrated its utter and complete failure to protect the people of Syria. Either way, the United States will respond,” she said.