Iran strongly condemned on Wednesday an Israeli missile attack on the Syrian capital that killed four people including two Iranian officers.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh vowed revenge for “the criminal act that stems from the Zionist regime’s aggressive nature, occupation and terrorism”.
“The infant-killing Zionist regime’s insolence and operations via its terror machine will definitely not go unpunished,” Khatibzadeh said.
Holding “the apartheid regime” of Israel accountable for such attacks "is one of the main goals of the resistance in the region,” he added.
Syrian media said the other two victims of strike on the outskirts of Damascus were civilians.
The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps identified the slain officers as IRGC colonels Ehsan Karbalaeipour and Morteza Saeednejad
“Undoubtedly, the Zionist regime will pay the price of this crime,” the IRGC said in a statement on Tuesday.
A UK-based war monitor says Israel has carried out raids in Syria at least seven times so far this year, AFP reported.
Last month, Israeli raids near the capital killed two Syrian soldiers and four resistance fighters, the observatory said.
Iran maintains an advisory mission in the Arab country, helping it in the face of foreign-backed militancy and terrorism. Back in 2017, the advisory assistance helped Syria defeat the Daesh terrorist group.
The Monday attack does not mark the first time Israel targets Iranian forces.
In 2018, Iran said four military advisers were killed by Israeli aggression in central Syria. The IRGC had also previously announced the killing of some of its members on a mission in Syria.
Israel is believed to be supporting militant groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria in March 2011, Press TV wrote.
Since then, Israel has carried out hundreds of airstrikes inside Syria, targeting government positions as well as allied forces and fighters.
The regime keeps a significant military presence in Syria’s Golan Heights, which it uses as one of its launchpads for attacks against Syrian soil.
Tel Aviv mostly keeps quiet about its attacks on Syrian territory, which many view as a knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism.