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Netanyahu warns Iran after Syria missile strike

AFP  |  Jerusalem 

Israeli Prime Minister today warned not to threaten after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at a Syrian base of the Islamic State group.

Iran's Revolutionary Guard said it had fired six missiles from western into northeastern Syria yesterday, targeting "terror bases."


The Guard said the strike was "in retaliation" for June 7 attacks in Tehran that killed 17 people in the first IS- claimed operations in the country.

Netanyahu has repeatedly said is a threat to the Jewish state, the Middle East and potentially the world.

"We follow their actions and we follow their words," he said today. "I have one message to Iran: Do not threaten "

"The army and our security forces are constantly monitoring the activity of in the region," Netanyahu told senior members of his Likud party today.

"This activity also includes their attempts to establish themselves in Syria and, of course, to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and other operations," a party statement quoted him as saying.

Netanyahu was a vocal opponent of the 2015 deal between Tehran and major powers that saw sanctions against eased in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

Israel, which is itself believed to have atomic weapons, says the programme aims to produce a nuclear bomb -- something denies.

Iran's homemade missiles, including some that are capable of hitting or American military bases in the region, are a major point of tension with Washington and

Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said was not worried by Sunday's strike.

"is prepared for every development," he told members of his right wing Yisrael Beitenu party today.

"We are prepared, we have no concerns or worries.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 23:22 IST
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