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15:23 | 2013-05-12

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Iranian Envoy Urges Int'l Community to Condemn Israeli Attack on Syria

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Ambassador to Baku Mohsen Pakayeen called on all the world states to deplore Israel's recent air raids on Syria to prevent the outbreak of new wars in the region.

"We invite all the world countries to condemn the Israeli attacks to prevent the start of a new war; otherwise a new war will entangle other the regional states," Pakayeen said in an interview with Russia's Interfax news agency on Sunday.

"If the international community keeps mum on this issue, the security of the whole world will be endangered seriously in future," he added.

Meantime, Pakayeen underlined that Syria is entitled to give a response to the Israeli attacks and "will certainly use this right in the future".

Last Sunday, Syria said the Israeli regime had carried out an airstrike targeting a research center in a suburb of Damascus after heavy losses were inflicted on al-Qaeda-affiliated groups by the Syrian army. According to Syrian media reports, Israeli rockets struck the Jamraya research center.

Syria's Foreign Ministry sent letters to the United Nations and its Security Council stating that Israel's aggression shows the links between Tel Aviv and terrorist groups operating in Syria including the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front.

Syrian Information Minister Omran al-Zoabi told reporters in Damascus last Sunday that Syria had the right and the duty to defend its people by all available means and it would not give in to Israeli acts of aggression.

The Israeli attacks on Syria have made the Middle-East more dangerous, the Syrian information minister said.

Also a senior Syrian military source told Russia Today on Monday that the Zionist entity used depleted uranium shells in the strike in Syria.

"When the explosion happened, it felt like an earthquake, then a giant golden mushroom of fire appeared. This tells us that Israel used depleted uranium shells," the source said.

The Sunday Israeli aggression was Tel Aviv's second strike on Syria in three days and the third in the last five months.

The Jamraya facility was also targeted in an Israeli airstrike in January.