Damascus Not to Hesitate to Retaliate against Israeli Attacks: Syrian Envoy
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – The Syrian ambassador to China said Damascus will “not hesitate to launch its own retaliatory attacks onto Israeli military positions” if the Tel Aviv regime violates the Arab country’s airspace again.
Imad Moustapha told Russia's Sputnik news agency on Friday that Syria would shoot down missiles fired by Tel Aviv and target the regime's warplanes that violate the Syrian airspace.
"Syria will continue to strengthen its air defenses, attempt to interject and down every missile fired by Israel, and target any Israeli air force asset that infringes on Syrian national airspace," he said.
Syria will "not hesitate to launch its own retaliatory attacks onto Israeli military positions in accordance with its undisputed right of self-defense and holding the aggressor accountable," he added.
Moustapha's remarks came one day after Israeli jets attacked dozens of targets inside Syria.
The Syrian army command said on Thursday that its air defense systems had managed to intercept and destroy most of the Israeli rockets fired at the Arab country.
Over the past few years, Israel has frequently attacked military targets in Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.