Assad Warns Israel Against Strikes
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned Israel that Damascus will respond in kind to any future airstrikes on his territory.
In an interview with the Lebanese TV station Al-Manar on Thursday,Assad said there was “popular pressure” to open a military front against Israel in the Golan Heights.
“We have informed all the parties who have contacted us that we will respond to any Israeli aggression next time.”
“There is clear popular pressure to open a new front of resistance in the Golan,” he added.
Syria President Bashar al Assad
Israel has occupied the Golan Heights since the 1967 war. It annexed the territory in 1981, in a move that has not been recognised by the international community.
Syrian shells have hit Israeli positions on the Golan Heights, though it is unclear whether they were aimed at rebels in border areas, and Israel has returned fire.
Syria and Israel have been in a state of war since 1948 but the border had been relatively calm in recent years.