By Le Figaro with AFP


«The United States continues to be present militarily illegallyin Syria, accuses Iran on March 26, 2023. PHIL STEWART / REUTERS

Iran called “terrorist attack» US airstrikes targeting pro-Iranian groups in Syria in response to a deadly drone attack. At least 19 people, mostly Syrians, died in these strikes that occurred overnight from Thursday to Friday in eastern Syria, according to the latest report established by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

The Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs denounced, in a press release published overnight from Saturday to Sunday, “the terrorist and aggressive attack carried out by the US military on civilian targets in the city of Deir Ezzor».

«The United States continues to be militarily present illegally, to occupy different places in Syria and to attack various targets, which represents a violation of international laws, sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country.Ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani continued in the statement.

Fight terrorism

«The United States claims to be present in Syria to fight ISIS (the Islamic State group), (…) which is just an excuse to continue the occupation and the plunder of Syria’s wealth, including its energy resources and cereals“, according to him.

The spokesperson claimed that “the military advisers of the Islamic Republic of Iran were present in Syria at the request of the Syrian government and with the aim of helping the country to fight against terrorism». L’Iran «will stand by Syria to help build lasting peace, stability and security“, he added.

Washington said it carried out the strikes after Thursday’s drone attack “of Iranian descentagainst a US-led international coalition base near Al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria, which resulted in the death of a US contractor. Another contractor and five soldiers were injured. After the strikes, US President Joe Biden said the United States “did not seek conflict with Iran, but (were) ready to act with force to protect their people».

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