Assad says Syria 'already at war' with Israel

Israel has sought to avoid being dragged into the six-year civil war in Syria, but acknowledges carrying out air strikes there to stop what it says are deliveries of advanced weapons to Hezbollah. "This incident is totally consistent with this policy".

Yoav Galant, Israel's construction minister, also declined to confirm the strikes but told Channel 10, "Our enemies must know: We will know to use our power to protect our interests by ourselves".

Syria most recently accused Israel of striking a military compound outside Damascus early Thursday morning, a claim which Israel's military has neither confirmed nor denied, in line with its usual practice.

Israel seems determined to take action against Hezbollah since Iran, allegedly, had the intention of building a military base near Golan Heights and has been building facilities to manufacture weapons inside Lebanon.

Syrian president Bashar al Assad is quoted by the state-run SANA news agency as saying that Damascus is in talks with Moscow to buy an anti-missile system which can repel Israeli and American attacks. A tweet by Emanuele Ottolenghi‏, a member of defenddemocracy.org said, "I counted three Iranian transport planes earlier tonight likely delivering weapons to Damascus: Qeshm Fars Air, Pouya Air, and Mahan Air".

British participation in such operations is rarely crucial militarily, but it lends political support to the United States.

In 2013, the Conservative prime minister at the time, David Cameron, was unable to muster votes in Parliament to approve strikes against the Assad government meant to deter the use of chemical weapons.

Russia, whose forces are helping President Bashar al-Assad fight Islamic State and other militant groups, regularly says it is the only foreign power operating on Syrian territory at the Syrian government's invitation and has spoken out strongly against Turkish strikes as well as a recent USA strike.

Israel has carried out intermittent strikes inside Syria, fearing that Iran is helping Hezbollah build its arsenal amid the chaos of the civil war.

Since the outbreak of the Syria conflict in 2011, Israel has occasionally struck positions inside its war-ravaged neighbor, especially after shells allegedly fired from Syrian territory fell inside the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

According to the report, Hezbollah has been receiving the lion's share of the arms.

Latest News