Iranian general threatens to 'annihilate' Israel

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi briefs journalists at a press conference in Tehran

The presidents of Turkey and Iran on Tuesday vowed to press on with their alliance alongside Russian Federation over Syria, the Turkish presidency said Tuesday, after Ankara backed strikes by the US and its allies against the Assad regime.

Israel has accused Iran of sending an armed drone into its airspace in February from the T4 airbase in Syria, to which it responded by bombing the base twice, reportedly.

The second-in-command of Iran's most elite force has warned Israel against moves that further threaten Tehran's interest in the region, especially Syria, where the West and its allies have targeted Syrian government positions.

New York Times journalist Todd Friedman published a statement that he considered a "slip of the tongue" from a senior Israeli army officer in which he said Israel had hit Iran's base and killed Iranian officers.

While not claiming responsibility for the T-4 strike, Israel has restated a policy of preventing Iran setting up a Syrian garrison.

"It encircles the whole Middle East which it wants to conquer, it fires rockets into Riyadh and Saudi Arabia, it is occupying Lebanon effectively, it's trying to inflame Gaza again, it is in Iraq, and it is trying to establish a military base in Syria, which all peace loving nations should resist, speak out against Iran", he urged.

"Israel: Don't trust in your airbases; they're within reach", Hossein Salami wrote on Twitter, also making similar comments in a fiery speech. "Your soldiers and civilians will flee, and you won't survive. The only way for you to escape will be to the sea".

The hawkish leader said he is "not impressed by the words, I rely on this forum (Israel's top military command) and on the Israel Defence Forces that is prepared for every possibility and scenario". Iranian state media said that three Iranians were among the dead.

"I do not believe that we are headed towards regional war but I do believe that unfortunately, Israel has continued its violations with global law, hoping to be able to do it with impunity because of the U.S. support and trying to find smokescreens to hide behind", said Zarif, Xinhua reported.

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