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From Damascus, Iran vows to confront Israel

Baqeri also said he was in the Syrian capital to strengthen cooperation with the Syrian army

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BEIRUT: Iran’s military chief said on a visit to Damascus yesterday that it was unacceptable for Israel to violate Syrian air space and land “any time it wants”, Iranian state media reported.

General Mohammad Baqeri also said he was in the Syrian capital to strengthen cooperation with the Syrian army to “confront our common enemies, the Zionists and terrorists,” referring to Israel and militants in Syria.

Since at least 2012, Iran has provided critical military support to Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, helping his army regain swathes of the country from rebels and militants.

The Iran-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has played a major role in support of Al Assad.

Israel says it has hit arms convoys of the Syrian military and Hezbollah nearly 100 times in the past five years.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Iran is strengthening its foothold in Syria, and Israel was watching developments and would act against any threat.

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