Bashar Assad 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/SANA/Handout)
Syrian President Bashar Assad accused Israel of “directly supporting terrorist
groups” in Syria, referring to rebels fighting against his regime, in an
exclusive interview with Argentinian newspaper Clarin, which was shared with The
Observer on Saturday.
“Israel is directly supporting the terrorist groups
in two ways, firstly it gives them logistical support and it also tells them
what sites to attack and how to attack them,” The Observer quoted Assad as
saying, in reference to recent alleged Israeli strikes on his
“For example, they attacked a radar station that is part of our
anti-aircraft defenses, which can detect any plane coming from overseas,
especially from Israel,” he told Clarin’s reporter Marcelo Cantelmi during the
interview, held in the library of his palace.
international intervention as a “clear probability, especially after we’ve
managed to beat back armed groups in many areas of Syria.”
[Western] countries sent Israel to do this to raise the morale of the terrorist
groups. We expect that an intervention will occur at some point although it may
be limited in nature,” he opined.
Assad denied reports that fighters from
Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards had traveled to Syria to
militarily aid the regime, but said that members of both groups had been “coming
and going” long before the crisis began.
However, he categorically
stated, “we do not have fighters from outside Syria.”
He also denied
claims by the rebels that his regime had used chemical weapons, and purported
that the West “lies and falsifies evidence to engineer wars.”
rejected accusations that his army was using excessive force, asking his
interviewer “How does one define excessive force? How can one decide whether
excessive force has been used or not? What is the formula to be applied?”