Tehran says the US assaults hit civilian targets and constituted a violation of worldwide regulation and Syrian sovereignty.
Tehran, Iran – The governments of Iran and Syria have condemned the USA for assaults on Syrian soil that reportedly killed 19 individuals, which Washington mentioned it carried out following a drone assault on US forces.
Each the Iranian and Syrian overseas ministries late on Saturday slammed the US air assaults that focused the strategic area of Deir ez-Zor bordering Iraq.
In a press release, Iranian overseas ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani mentioned the “terrorist” assaults by the US hit civilian targets and constituted a violation of worldwide regulation and Syrian sovereignty.
“The US claims that it’s current in Syria to battle Daesh [ISIL] that itself had a serious function in creating is simply an excuse to proceed its occupation and loot Syria’s nationwide wealth, together with its power assets and wheat,” he mentioned.
Kanani additionally mentioned Iran solely has army advisers on the bottom in Syria on the request of its authorities, rejecting US and Israeli claims that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) has a sizeable army presence in Syria.
The Syrian overseas ministry criticised the “brutal” assaults that it mentioned killed a number of individuals and amounted to a violation of its territorial integrity. It added that the assaults had been a continuation of Israeli assaults and vowed to “finish the American occupation”.
The US mentioned its raids in opposition to what it claimed had been amenities affiliated with the IRGC got here as a response to a drone assault earlier within the week that killed an American contractor in Syria. A battle monitor mentioned 19 individuals had been killed within the US assaults.
After the assaults, US President Joe Biden mentioned the US “doesn’t search battle with Iran, however is ready to behave forcefully to guard our individuals”.
Earlier on Saturday, Keyvan Khosravi, the spokesman for Iran’s Supreme Nationwide Safety Council, had threatened an Iranian response if its positions had been focused.
“Any excuses to assault bases which have been established on Syrian soil on the request of the Syrian authorities to fight terrorism and Daesh brokers shall be met with a reciprocal response with out hesitation,” he was quoted as saying by state-run media.
Professional-Iranian forces in Syria have additionally warned of an additional response amid tit-for-tat missile and drone assaults this week.
The newest confrontation with the US comes as Tehran works to re-establish formal diplomatic ties with regional rival Saudi Arabia and doubtlessly different Arab states.
Syria will reportedly restore its relations with the dominion after Tehran and Riyadh assessment an settlement reached earlier this month with Chinese language mediation.