Report: Syria will retaliate against future Israeli strikes

May 9, 2013 19:33

Syria would "respond immediately" to any new Israeli strike following the alleged attacks on military targets near Damascus last weekend, AFP reported a Syrian deputy foreign minister as saying Thursday.

"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 against Israel," AFP quoted Faisal Muqdad as saying. In the report, Muqdad denied that the alleged Israeli air strike targeted weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon.

"They absolutely did not achieve their objective and they lied when they said they are targeting Hezbollah," the report quoted him as saying, adding that there is "no way Syria will allow this to happen again".

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