Syria, Iran Threaten to Retaliate against Israel for Airstrike in Syria – Video Report 1/31/13

Israel has reportedly confirmed that they carried out an airstrike in Syria near the Syrian-Lebanese border to take out a convoy of anti-aircraft weapons headed for Hezbollah in Lebanon. Syria claims Israel bombed “a scientific research center” near Damascus. Both Syria and Iran are condemning the airstrike, and are threatening to retaliate against Israel:

JERUSALEM POST: Syria’s ambassador to Lebanon said on Thursday that Damascus had the option of a “surprise decision” to respond to what it said was an Israeli air strike on a research center on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday.

Syria could take “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes,” Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.

“Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land,” he added, without spelling out what the response might entail. Syria and Israel have fought several wars and in 2007 Israeli jets reportedly bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear site, without retaliation.

In the wake of reported Israeli air strike on a Syrian weapons center, Iran also issued a threat to Israel on Thursday.

The Iranian regime’s English language mouthpiece, Press TV, quoted a deputy foreign minister as saying that the “strike on Syria will have serious consequences for Tel Aviv.” The official did not elaborate.

Last week, a senior adviser to Iran’s supreme leader said that any attack on Syria would be seen by Tehran as an attack on itself.

The official, Ali Akbar Velayati, said the regime of Basher Assad is a central component of the “resistance front.” . . . Read More

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