Tel Aviv’s assertion that it attacked Iranian forces stationed near Damascus is untrue, the former head of Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards has said, warning that the airstrikes would be answered by Syria’s “defenders.”

Major General Mohsen Rezaei dismissed allegations that the cross-border strikes had targeted Iranian military personnel who were planning to launch drone attacks aimed at targets inside Israel.

“This is a lie and not true. Israel and the United States do not have the power to attack Iran’s various centers, and our (military) advisory centers have not been harmed,” Rezaei told the semi-official ILNA news agency.

Earlier this week, Israeli airstrikes targeted an alleged Iranian weapons depot in Iraq – a move which was also strongly condemned by Rezaei. (RT)