Iran warns Israel against attacking Syria

DAMASCUS — Iran will “cut off Israel’s feet” if the Jewish state attacks Damascus, Iranian Vice President Mohammad Rida Rahimi vowed on Friday at the end of a two-day visit to key regional ally Syria.

“We will stand alongside Syria against any (Israeli) threat,” Rahimi said at a news conference with Syrian Prime Minister Mohammad Naji Otri.

“If those who have violated Palestinian land want to try anything we will cut off their feet,” he said in reference to the Jewish state.

Rahimi described Syria as a “strong country that is ready to confront any threat” and pledged that Tehran “will back Syria with all its means and strength.”

On Tuesday, US Defence Secretary Robert Gates accused Iran and Syria of arming Hezbollah with increasingly sophisticated rockets and missiles which he said undermined stability in the region.

And on Thursday, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Syrian President Bashar al-Assad against the risk of sparking a regional war if he supplies long-range Scud missiles to Hezbollah.

“President Assad is making decisions that could mean war or peace for the region,” she warned.

Earlier this month, Israeli President Shimon Peres claimed that Syria was supplying the militant Shiite group Hezbollah with Scud missiles.

Syria has denied the charges.

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