'If NATO attacks Syria, we'll fire missiles at Tel Aviv'

Syria's Assad says Damascus can call on Hezbollah to launch rocket attack on Israel if western countries take "crazy measures," FARS reports.

By OREN KESSLER
October 6, 2011 04:21
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Syrian President Bashar Assad speaks, Monday

Assad speaking 311. (photo credit: Screenshot)

 
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Damascus would respond to any NATO intervention with an attack on Israel, Syrian President Bashar Assad reportedly told the visiting Turkish foreign minister on Tuesday.

“If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than six hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv,” the embattled Syrian leader told Ahmet Davutoglu in Damascus, according to Iran’s Fars News Agency.

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Assad also threatened to activate Hezbollah units operating in Lebanon to launch a rocket and missile barrage on the Jewish state “that the Israeli spy agencies could never imagine,” the agency reported, and to attack US targets in the region.

“All these events will happen in three hours, but in the second three hours, Iran will attack the US warships in the Persian Gulf and the US and European interests will be targeted simultaneously,” Assad reportedly said.

Meeting with visiting Lebanese political figures Tuesday, the Syrian president reportedly praised his armed forces for overcoming the “foreign plot” against the Damascus government.

“Thanks to the unity of the Army and awareness of the people, the plot in Syria was shattered,” Fars quoted him as saying.

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