Iran says 7 dead in Syria strike will 'not go unanswered'

Hannah Rogers
April 12, 2018

US President Donald Trump's statement about Tehran's possible involvement in the alleged chemical weapons attack in the Syrian town of Douma is hypocritical, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

The U.N. Security Council planned to hold an emergency meeting Monday to discuss the chemical attack.

"When the Syrian regime continues to use chemical weapons against civilians with impunity, protected by Russian Federation and Iran, that line has always been crossed".

Iran has always been a close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The missile attack followed a suspected poison gas attack on Saturday on the last remaining foothold for the Syrian opposition in the eastern suburbs of Damascus. "The government, along with Assad himself, will simply disappear". Israel also destroyed the drone's remote guidance system and two additional Iranian targets in Syria.

Earlier on Monday, both United States and Russian officials said Israel's air force was behind the bombing of Syria's T-4 airbase, which according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights left at least 14 people dead, including "foreign nationals", which the Tehran regime confirmed were Iranian personnel.

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Together with Russia, " Iran was a vital ally of Syria's president Bashar al Assad, supporting his administration militarily, economically and politically since a 2011 rebellion turned in to a civil war.

Responding to the strike, Velayati told IRNA "Defenders of the holy shrines are still standing by the Syrian people and government and will continue their fight against the enemies of the Islamic Ummah, particularly the Zionist regime and its masters".

An alleged chemical attack that left dozens dead in Syrias rebel-held town of Douma has sparked worldwide outrage, with US President Donald Trump warning there would be a "big price to pay". Fourteen people were killed in the attack.

Syria and Russian Federation have fiercely denounced the allegations of chemical use in Douma as "fabrications", and had warned against using them to justify military action against Mr Assad.

The main rebel group in the area, Jaish al-Islam, had been holding out for a settlement that would allow it to remain and join a peace process proposed by the Russians under which rebel-held territories would eventually reconcile with the Assad government.

"The fact that Iran is participating in such a summit, under Russia's wing, gives the Iranians the tailwind to continue on their current path", an Israeli official said.

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