Israel attacked dozens of Iranian targets in neighboring Syria this week in response to an Iranian rocket barrage in the most serious military confrontation between the two bitter enemies to date.
On possible escalation into a full-fledged war, Ihsan said no one wants an open regional war, but what is happening is an attempt by the USA and Israel to contain the Iranian regional influence, particularly in Syria and this "tussle started when the US withdrew from the nuclear deal".
The Israeli airstrikes capped months of rising tension between Jerusalem and Damascus, which have been poised for a fight over the presence of Iranian military assets inside Syrian territory.
At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented strikes by Israeli forces in Syria, according to war monitors. Although the attack did not result in any casualties, this is the first time that Iranian forces have fired directly on Israeli troops. Iran's proxy ally Hezbollah possesses 140,000 rockets aimed at Israel, including guided missiles capable of hitting strategic targets and population centres.
Mr Guterres' comments came as a calm night followed intense attacks on parts of Syria by Israel.
"The Israeli regime invoked that instance for a series of so-called pre-emptive military attacks, including the on April 9 2018", the Iranian envoy said, adding that Israel's actions "clearly demonstrate that the military attacks were carried out with the obvious intention to target Iranian nationals and interests legitimately deployed in the Syrian Arab Republic". Following that strike, Israel launched a wave of strikes against Iranian targets in Syria, prompting Russian Federation to fire at Israeli missiles and warn Israel not to violate Syrian air space again.
Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman called Friday on Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to "throw the Iranians out", saying "they are only hurting you", the BBC reported.
The scope of the attacks - which Israel called its largest in Syria since the 1973 Middle East war - raised the spectre of a full-fledged war between Iran and Israel in Syria, a conflict that could potentially drag the militant Hezbollah and Lebanon into the mix, although both sides appeared to signal they wanted the confrontation to remain contained.More news: Carlos Carvalhal set to leave Swansea at end of season
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"We will expand our missile capabilities despite western pressure (to curb it).to let Israel know that if it acts foolishly, Tel Aviv and Haifa will be totally destroyed", the hardline cleric said during Friday prayers at Tehran University.
Although the attack on the Golan Heights comes just after Trump announced the ending of US involvement in the Iran nuclear deal, officials from Israel have downplayed an alleged link.
Earlier, thousands of Iranians took to the streets in cities across the country to protest against the USA withdrawl.
His remarks drew chants of "Death to America!" from those gathered for Friday prayers in Tehran.
After Trump announced the USA withdrawal from the deal on Tuesday, Rouhani warned that Iran would resume uranium enrichment at an even higher rate if the accord collapses.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on May 12 that the new death toll from attacks early on May 10 was 27, including at least 11 Iranians and six Syrian soldiers. The Observatory said eight members of the same family, including three children and five women, were killed.