Iran says Israel crossed ‘red lines’, vows to respond: IRNA

Israeli soldiers take up positions on the Israeli-Syrian border, near Quneitra in the Golan Heights, on Jan. 25, 2015. Photo: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

(Reuters) – Iran has told the United States that an Israeli air strike which killed an Iranian general in Syria last week had crossed “red lines” and the Islamic Republic will respond, a senior official was quoted as saying by IRNA news agency on Tuesday.

“We told the Americans that the leaders of the Zionist regime should await the consequences of their act,” deputy foreign minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said.

Iranian Revolutionary Guard General Mohammed Allahdadi was killed with a Hezbollah commander and the son of the group’s late military leader, Imad Moughniyeh, in a Jan. 18 attack on a Hezbollah convoy near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

A senior Israeli security source said Israeli forces believed they were attacking only low-ranking guerrillas. Officially, Israel has not commented on the attack.

“In this message to the Americans we said that the Zionist regime had crossed our red lines,” Abdollahian said…