Syria threatens Israel in the event of further aggression against its territory 3105131

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Friday, May 31, 2013 08:39 AM
 
Syria threatens Israel in the event of further aggression against its territory.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has threatened Israel with retaliation to any future military aggression and with renewed fighting in the Golan Heights. "We have informed all the parties who have contacted us that we will respond to any Israeli aggression next time," Assad told Hezbollah-owned Al Manar TV on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
     
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has threatened Israel with retaliation to any future military aggression and with renewed fighting in the Golan Heights. "We have informed all the parties who have contacted us that we will respond to any Israeli aggression next time," Assad told Hezbollah-owned Al Manar TV on Thursday, May 30, 2013.
A Free Syrian Army fighter in Deir al-Zour returned fire in a clash last week with forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad.
     

Mr. Assad spoke in an interview broadcast on Al-Manar television, which is owned by his ally Hezbollah, the powerful Lebanese Shiite militant group, further punctuating his message of growing confidence that he could prevail over an insurgency that is now more than two years old and has claimed more than 80,000 lives.

Asked about Russian weapons deliveries, Mr. Assad said: “Russia is committed with Syria in implementing these contracts. What we agreed upon with Russia will be implemented, and part of it has been implemented over the recent period, and we are continuing to implement it.”

He was vague on whether Russia’s deliveries had included a sophisticated S-300 air missile system — of particular concern to Israel because it could compromise its ability to strike Syria from the air and because those missiles can hit deep inside Israeli territory. The Israelis have said they would not abide a Syrian deployment of S-300s, suggesting they would use force to destroy them.

The United States has urged Russia not to supply the system. As with Assad's existing stocks of heavy weaponry, including chemical warheads, neighbouring states are concerned not only that the existing government might use them but that they could fall into the hands of militant groups fighting to remove it.

An Israeli official told Reuters on Thursday that Jerusalem is looking into the reports Syria has received the first shipment of S-300 missiles. "I have no information beyond what has been reported, which we are looking into," he said on condition of anonymity.

 

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