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Syria, Iran condemn Israeli airstrikes

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to the translation of a question during a joint press conference with his Iraqi counterpart Ibrahim al-Jafari after their talks, in Tehran, Iran, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

BEIRUT (AP) — Russia on Monday demanded an explanation for Israeli airstrikes on two areas near Damascus, while the Syrian and Iranian foreign ministers called it an act of aggression that proves Israel was “in the same trench” with extremist groups fighting the Syrian government.

Israeli warplanes struck near Damascus’ international airport on Sunday, as well as outside a town close to the Lebanese border.

The attacks are unlikely to have a big impact. Israel has already struck inside Syria on several occasions in the course of the country’s chaotic civil war, including a series of airstrikes near Damascus in May 2013. Those strikes, according to Israeli officials, targeted shipments of Iranian-made Fateh-110 missiles bound for Israel’s arch foe — the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group.

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