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Iran Condemns Israeli Air Strikes On Syria

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Iran Condemns Israeli Air Strikes On Syria

Iran has backed Syria's "right to defend itself" after Israel launched strikes on what it said was Iranian military infrastructure inside Syria.

In the first comments by Iran since Thursday's wave of strikes, the foreign ministry condemned the "blatant violation of Syria's sovereignty," report the BBC and CNN.

The strikes were the heaviest carried out by Israel on Syria in decades.

They came after 20 rockets were fired at Israeli military positions in the occupied Golan Heights.

Israel said Iranian fighters had carried out that attack. Iran has neither directly confirmed or denied this but has said that Israel's attacks on Syria were founded "on self-proclaimed, baseless pretexts".

On Thursday Israel claimed it had struck almost all of Iran's military capabilities in Syria after what it said was an Iranian missile attack on the Golan Heights, which Israel annexed in 1981.

There has been no official declaration by the Iranian government that the rockets fired at the Golan Heights were done so by Iran, nor any acknowledgement from Tehran that Iranian military presence in Syria was impacted by the Israeli strikes.

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