Velayati condemns Zionist airstrikes in Golan Heights

Tehran, Jan 19, IRNA – Head of the Center for Strategic Research of the Expediency Council Ali-Akbar Velayati strongly condemned the Israeli helicopter strike in the occupied Golan Heights in Syria which killed a number of the Lebanese Hezbollah resistance movement fighters.
Velayati made the remarks in a meeting on Monday with Secretary General of the Front for the Liberation of Palestine Ahmed Jibril.

According to reports, a military helicopter gunship operated by the Israeli army fired two missiles into Amal Farms in the strategic city of Quneitra, situated some 60 kilometers (37 miles) south of the capital, Damascus, on Sunday. Two remote-controlled reconnaissance drones buzzed overhead as the airborne assault took place.

Following the attack on Sunday, Hezbollah announced that several of its fighters were martyred in the airstrike.

‘A group of Hezbollah mujahedeen were martyred in a Zionist rocket attack in Quneitra, and their names will be revealed later,’ said a message on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar news channel, adding that they were killed during a field reconnaissance mission in the Amal Farms village of Quneitra.

Meanwhile, a Hezbollah official said Jihad Mughniyeh, the son of Hezbollah’s slain top military commander, Imad Mughniyeh, and a field commander were killed in the attack.

A Lebanese security source said the strike destroyed one Hezbollah vehicle entirely and damaged another.

The Tel Aviv regime has carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the start of the nearly four-year-old foreign-backed militancy there.

Damascus says Tel Aviv and its Western allies are aiding Al-Qaeda-linked militant groups operating inside Syria.

The Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.

The country has been grappling with a foreign-backed deadly crisis since March 2011. The violence has so far claimed the lives of nearly 200,000 people, according to the UN.



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