Tehran said Tuesday it sent a warning to Israel through the United States over the recent killing of an Iranian general in an alleged Israeli airstrike in Syria, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The Jan. 18 strike in the Syrian-controlled part of the disputed Golan Heights killed Iranian Gen. Mohammad Ali Allahdadi, a senior commander in the Revolutionary Guard, along with six Lebanese Hezbollah fighters.
Both Iran and the militant Hezbollah group, close allies of Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed Israel, which is believed to have been behind a number of airstrikes in Syria in recent years. Israel has neither confirmed nor denied the airstrike.
“We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the consequences of their act,” IRNA quoted Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian as saying. Israel had “crossed our red lines,” he added.
The deputy foreign minister said Iran sent the message through diplomatic channels to U.S. officials, to hand over to Israel. He did not elaborate.
Iran and the United States have had no diplomatic relations since after Iranian militant students stormed the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and held Americans there hostage for 444 days in 1979.