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Iran slams Israeli raids in Lebanon

TEHRAN, June 25 (AFP) - Iran condemned Friday Israel's overnight raids in Lebanon that killed eight people and called for the international community to force Israel to stop.

The attacks showed "the belligerent and aggressive spirit of the Zionist regime," Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Assefi was quoted by the official IRNA news agency as saying.

"The powers that supply that regime with the latest in armaments are also responsible for those crimes," he said.

The bombings were "evidence that the Zionist regime is not committed even to the documents and pledges that it has signed," he added.

Israel and Lebanese guerrillas agreed in 1996 not to target civilians or launch attacks from civilian areas.

Israel pounded Lebanon overnight Thursday, killing eight people, wounding at least 62 and destroying civil infrastructure, including two power stations, five bridges and a communications center.

The raids were in retaliation for Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas' rocket fire on Israel, which killed two people and wounded 12 others.

Assef also called for Moslem nations and "responsible international authorities" to stop Israel from taking such actions in the future.


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