Jan 31, 2013
Syria’s ambassador to Lebanon has said Damascus has the option to respond to what it says was an Israeli air strike on a research centre on the outskirts of the Syrian capital on Wednesday.
Syria could take “a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes”, Ali Abdul Karim Ali was quoted as telling a Hezbollah-run news website.
“Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land,” he said, without spelling out what the response might entail.
Syrian state television said the country’s military command had confirmed a “scientific research centre” north-west of Damascus had been struck at dawn on Wednesday, causing damage. Two people were killed and five wounded in the attack on the site, it said, which was engaged in “raising the level of resistance and self-defence”.