Syria will "respond immediately" to any new Israeli attack against its territory, its deputy foreign minister told Agence France Presse on Thursday, after two reported Israeli strikes on military targets last week.
"The instruction has been made to respond immediately to any new Israeli attack without (additional) instruction from any higher leadership, and our retaliation will be strong and will be painful against Israel," Faisal Muqdad said.
He spoke in an interview with AFP in the Syrian capital.
Senior Israeli sources said the strikes targeted weapons bound for the Hizbullah, a close ally of Damascus.
Muqdad denied that.
"They absolutely did not achieve their objective and they lied when they said they are targeting Hizbullah," he said.
There is "no way Syria will allow this to happen again," he added.
Israel reportedly targeted military sites near the capital Da
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