Syria threatens to fire scud missiles on Israel

Syria’s government reportedly transmitted a message to Israel through Russian mediators that it would strike Israel with Scud missiles if the Jewish state “strikes Syria one more time.”

Syria transmitted a message indirectly to Israel threatening to fire Scud missiles against the Jewish state if the IDF continues to strike targets within Syrian territory, according to a report on Saturday in the Lebanese outlet Al-Diyar.

“Syria could retaliate against Israel by firing Scud missiles should the latter strike Syria one more time,” the message said.

The Scud missiles would supposedly carry about half a ton of explosives and would be fired without warning. The report claims Syria has at least 800 Scud missiles.

The message adds if Israel conducts another operation within Syria, the Syrian army will immediately target Haifa’s port and petrochemical plant.

Israel’s reported strikes in Syria, aimed at preventing advanced weaponry from reaching the Lebanese terrorist organization Hezbollah, have gone unanswered by Damascus.

Tensions between Israel and Syria escalated over a week ago when anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria at Israeli aircraft. Israel’s arrow defense system successfully intercepted one of the missiles.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman warned Syria against any future targeting of Israeli aircraft, threatening to destroy Syria’s aerial defense apparatus if Syria repeats its behavior.

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon accused his Syrian counterpart of engaging in “hypocrisy” for saying  Israel wants to “assist terrorism.”

By: Jonathan Benedek, World Israel News