The regime of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria has threatened to fire Scud missiles at Israel.
Syria sent messages to Israel via Russia that any further strikes by the Israeli military within Syria’s borders will be met with Scud missiles attacks on the Jewish state.
Assad regime warned that Israeli strikes on the Syrian military bases would result in Scud missiles “capable of carrying half a ton of explosives” being launched at IDF bases.
It also threatened that Israeli air raids on civilian areas in Syria “would be met with counterstrikes on the northern coastal city of Haifa and petrochemical plants in the region,” Al-Diyar newspaper reported.
According to reports, Syria has over 800 Scud missiles and “will issue no advance warning before launching them.”
Israeli airstrikes were reported overnight Tuesday in the Mount Qasioun region near the Syrian capital Damascus.
The strikes targeted Syrian military outposts and destroyed a military weapons warehouse.
Israel has been targeting Hezbollah-bound weapons convoys in Syria.
Tuesday’s strike came hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu refuted claims that Russia had ordered Israel to stop the strikes.
A recent Israeli strike on a Hezbollah weapons transfer just over a week ago was met with retaliatory missiles from Syria, the first serious cross-border clash since the civil war began. One missile was intercepted by Israel’s Arrow missile defense battery.
Two days later, Syria’s ambassador to the UN Bashar al-Jaafari said on state TV that the retaliation was in response to Israel’s “terrorist operation.”
His comments followed Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s warning that “The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation.”
Reporting by: Laila Majdalawi
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