Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister Faisal al-Mekdad said on July 2 that Damascus is ready to retaliate to the recent Israeli attack that killed at least 16 people, including two children.
“Syria is always ready to reciprocate twice as harsh [against Israeli attacks]” Sputnik quoted al-Mekdad as saying.
The Israeli aerial attack, which occurred in the late hours of June 30, targeted several military positions in the Syrian capital, Damascus, and around the big central city of Homs.
Al-Mekdad said that Israel is trying to protect its “tools” inside Syria with such attacks, claiming that the attacks are a response to “the victories of the Syrian army and its allies”.
“The world, the UN Security Council and the United Nations itself need to understand the danger of such a development since Syria will not keep silence about its right [to retaliate],” Mekdad noted.
Since, the outbreak of the Syrian war in 2011, Damascus declined to respond to any Israeli attack in what appears to be an attempt to avoid an all-out war with Tel Aviv. While this strategy has allowed Damascus to focus on the internal conflict, it has also encouraged Israel to increase its attacks.
The June 30 attack was one of the biggest this year, and the first Israeli attack to cause a high number of civilian casualties. This will for sure force Damascus to reconsider its strategy, as the price of tolerating Tel Aviv’s attacks is becoming as high as the price of responding.