USA strike on Syria violation of int'l rules: Iran defense minister

USA strike on Syria violation of int'l rules: Iran defense minister

US, French and British strikes on Syria have been limited to deterring chemical weapons use.

He made the remarks on Saturday on the occasion of Eid al-Mab'ath, the anniversary of the day Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelation and was chosen as Allah's final messenger. "This night, under America's guidance, the United States, France and Britain acted accordingly (because) Syria continues to carry out its murderous actions", the official, who declined to be identified, said.

Both Russia and Iran decried what they called a violation of worldwide law and Syria's sovereignty, but it was unclear what if any response they would take.

Now that the USA and its Western allies have retaliated for the Douma attack with missile strikes against targets in Syria, it is obvious that Iran will also pay a heavy price.

Rouhani signalled that Iran's support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad would grow.

"All precautions must be taken to minimise harm to civilians in any military action", Raed Jarrar, advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at rights watchdog Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

Analysts said the limited nature of the strike probably would not compel Russian Federation or Iran into taking significant action.

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Russia, another major supporter of the Assad regime, has also denounced the US -led airstrikes.

By intercepting the drone, the military said, the "combat helicopters prevented the attack Iran had hoped to carry out in Israel".

An Israeli official said Israel was notified of the strikes ahead of time.

The joint strike came after the White Helmets, a civil defense agency, blamed the Assad regime for the chemical attack, which it said killed 78 civilians and injured hundreds of others.

Arabic media reports said locals heard the sounds of aircraft overhead, but media close to the Syrian regime and Hezbollah denied reports of an "Israeli raid".

The Israeli government is taking seriously Iran's threats to retaliate for an air strike against a Syrian airbase which killed seven Iranian advisors, Haaretz reported. The armed Iranian-backed Shi'ite movement Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006.

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