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Iran denies Israeli 'lies', says Syria acting in 'self-

AFP  |  Tehran 

denounced Israeli "lies" today and said had the right to "legitimate self-defence" in response to air strikes launched by after an alleged drone incursion into its territory.

"believes has the right to legitimate self- defence. To cover their crimes in the region, Israeli officials are resorting to lies against other countries," told AFP.

struck targets inside on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an "attack."

An Israeli fighter jet crashed under fire from Syrian air defences.

That prompted to unleash a dozen retaliatory strikes on both Syrian and Iranian targets inside Syria.

"The allegations regarding surveillance by an Iranian drone are too ridiculous for words," said Ghasemi.

issued a joint statement alongside the other main allies of the Syrian regime, and Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, vowing a "relentless response" to Israeli "aggression".

The statement said the Israeli air strikes had targeted drones used in the fight against "terrorist organisations, primarily Daesh", referring to the Islamic State jihadist group.

"Iran does not have a military presence in Syria, and has only sent military advisers at the request of the Syrian government," Ghasemi told AFP.

"We deny all unfounded allegations by the Zionists. The government and are only defending themselves against Israeli aggression."

also criticised the Israeli strikes, and said it would write a letter of protest to the over the use of its airspace for the raids, according to a statement from its foreign ministry.

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First Published: Sat, February 10 2018. 19:50 IST