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Iran ‘Angry’ over Failure to Activate S-300 System in Syria

Iran ‘Angry’ over Failure to Activate S-300 System in Syria

Friday, 25 January, 2019 - 08:00
People gather at a site of a car bomb blast in Damascus, Syria January 24, 2019. REUTERS/Firas Makdesi
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An Iranian official on Thursday expressed “anger” at Russia’s failure to activate the S-300 air defense system deployed in Syria during a recent Israeli airstrike near Damascus.

Head of parliament’s national security and foreign policy committee Heshmatollah Falahat-Pisheh told IRNA there was serious criticism in Tehran for not activating Russia’s S-300 during the Israeli attacks.

He said if the system had operated correctly, the Israelis would not have attacked Syria that easily.

After returning to Tehran from a visit to Damascus and Ankara, Falahat-Pisheh said: “It seems that there is a kind of coordination between Israel’s attacks and the Russian air defense deployed in Syria.”

The Iranian deputy said that Israel’s military actions in the war-torn country aim to disrupt stability.

“The Israelis claim their actions are against Iran, while they are attacking Syrian infrastructure, security and defense installations,” he said.

Meanwhile, a bomb attack hit the al-Adawi neighbourhood of Damascus on Thursday, causing material damage but no casualties, in the second such explosion in a regime-held area in less than a week.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the blast hit near the Russian embassy, slightly injuring four people.

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