Syria to respond immediately to any Israeli attack

Syrian Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Muqdad says his country would "respond immediately" to any new Israeli aggression against Syrian territory.

(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - "The instruction has been made to respond immediately to any new Israeli attack without (additional) instruction from any higher leadership, and our retaliation will be strong and will be painful," Faisal Muqdad said on Thursday.

Tensions have been high in the region after Israel’s recent aggressive attacks on Syrian soil which drew international condemnation.

Syrian government described Israel’s assault as a declaration of war which opened the door "to all possibilities", making the situation in the region more dangerous.

Syrian President Bashar Assad said on Tuesday that his country’s Army is capable of confronting any further Israeli regime’s aggressions.

"The Israeli aggression on Syria reveals the extent of Israel and other regional and Western states' involvement in ongoing events in Syria," Syria state TV quoted Assad as saying.

"The Syrian people and its army who have made important achievements by fighting terrorist and Takfiri groups are capable of confronting Israel's ventures that represent one of the many faces of terrorism targeting Syria today,” Assad said.

Syria has been struggling with a western-backed bloody insurgency since March 2011 which has left many people dead. Syrian unrest began as a democratic protest which soon turned to be a cover for several terrorist groups including al-Qaeda and al-Nusra Front to fight in Syria.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also warned Israel against any further assaults on Syria. Putin said that “Russia would not tolerate further Israeli attacks on Damascus and would respond.”

The latest Israeli aggression comes as US officials said the White House was considering equipping the armed rebels in Syria with more arms to fight against the army and topple the legitimate Assad’s government.

Iran strongly condemned Israeli regime’s airstrike on Syria and called on regional leaders to wisely stand against the Zionist regime’s attempts to threaten security of the already volatile Middle East.


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