Syrian minister warns of retaliation for Israeli airstrikes
by The Daily Lede
a Syrian government minister has told an Israeli-Arab newspaper on Tuesday that Syria will retaliate for Israeli airstrikes on its territory which occurred early Monday morning. The Syrian Minister for Reconciliation Affairs, Ali Haider, stated “We can now consider ourselves in an open state of confrontation with the Israeli army.”
As this is not the only noted attack on Syria by Israeli armed forces, Haider went on to say “From my place in the Syrian government, I declare that what has happened in the past and what happened today has destroyed any ceasefire [with Israel]. The ceasefire is behind us, and we can now consider ourselves in an open state of confrontation with the Israeli enemy.”
This is not the first time that Syria has threatened retaliation for Israeli aggression. In February 2013, following a airstrike against a Syrian convoy believed to be delivering advanced weapons to Hezbollah, Syrian President Bashar Assad said “his military was capable of confronting any ‘aggression'”, and, in May 2013, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem promised to retaliate immediately to any Israeli attack on Syrian soil.
In an interview with the Lebanese TV station Al-Mayadeen Moallem said “We’ve declared to the world that we will retaliate immediately if Israel attacks again.”