Assad accuses Israel over attack

Israel's defence minister has implied responsibility for an airstrike on a military site near Damascus last week. President Bashar al-Assad has accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria.

Assad claims Syria is 'able to confront threats' after Israel attack

President Bashar al-Assad accused Israel of trying to destabilise Syria by attacking a military research base outside Damascus last week, and said Syria was able to confront "current threats ...and aggression" against it.

President Assad meeting Saeed Jalili
President Assad meeting Saeed Jalili Credit: SANA

Syria's state news agency SANA said Assad made the remarks in a meeting with Saeed Jalili, Iran's national security council secretary, at meeting in the Syrian capital. It was Assad's first reported response to Wednesday's attack.

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Israel implies responsibility for Syria attack

The Israeli defence minister, Ehud Barak, has made statements which strongly imply that Israel did carry out Wednesday's airstrike on Syria, which the US says was targeting a weapons convoy. The Jewish state had not until now officially acknowledged the attack.

What happened in Syria several days ago ... that's proof that when we said something we mean it -- we say that we don't think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon.

Moscow 'alarmed' by Israeli 'attack on Syria'

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We again call for putting an end to violence in Syria and preventing foreign interference #MFA_Russia

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Russia is taking urgent measures to find out the details about the reported Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets #MFA_Russia

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Moscow is alarmed by reports of Israeli Air Force raids on Syrian targets near Damascus #MFA_Russia

Russia 'very concerned' about 'attacks on Syria'

Russia said it was very concerned about reports of an Israeli air attack inside Syria, and that any such action, if confirmed, would amount to unacceptable military interference. The Russian Foreign Ministry said:

If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the U.N. Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it.

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