Israel routinely fires missiles at what it says are Iranian targets in Syria, where elite Iranian forces and allied militia play a key role.
Syrian air defences intercepted missiles over the capital Damascus on Thursday, state media reported, without specifying the source of the attack.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran has been present in Syria at the invitation and with the agreement of that country's government with the goal of fighting against terrorism sponsored by the United States and Israel, and our country will not hesitate for a moment over safeguarding its presence in Syria and defending its national security and regional interests, and will give a decisive and crushing response to any act of aggression or stupid move", he added.More news: 'Lucifer': Talks Underway For Another Season On Netflix
According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the strikes launched late on Thursday hit military targets in the area of the global airport.
SANA released a video of what appeared to be Syrian air defences firing over Damascus.
Iranian-backed fighters, including those of Lebanon's militant Hezbollah group, have joined Syria's war and are fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar Assad's government forces.More news: Proteas' T20 tour of Pakistan postponed
Several missiles were intercepted before they could reach their targets, said the agency, which rarely admits to casualties among army or Iranian ranks. It said some missiles hit their intended targets, which included a weapons depot near the airport.
Hossein Salami speaking in a ceremony in memory of Qassem Soleimani killed by a USA drone on January 3 in Baghdad was responding to earlier remarks by the Israeli defense minister. While there were no casualties or damage reported as a result of the February 6 raid, the Israeli military endangered the lives of 172 passengers and crew aboard a Damascus-bound Airbus A320 from Tehran.More news: Succulent contract renewal offer to tie down Van Dijk