Syria: Israeli air strikes 'a declaration of war'

The deputy foreign minister of Syria, Faisal Al Mekdad, said Israeli air strikes against targets around Damascus amounted to a "declaration of war" and threatened to retaliate. Speaking to CNN he said:

"This is a declaration of war, this is not something that is strange, but we dealt with this on several occasions and we retaliated the way we want, and the retaliation was always painful to Israel."

Middle East Correspondent John Ray reports on the diplomatic shock waves created by the air strikes against Damascus.

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Airstrike on Syria 'kills 42'

An Israeli airstrike on a military complex near Damascus killed at least 42 Syrian soldiers, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.