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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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.