Both Hizbullah and Russia condemned Israel a day after the attack on a convoy carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon. In a statement, the Lebanese terror group said that the attack was “barbaric,” and “openly reveals [Israel’s] motives toward [unrest] in Syria over the past two years and the criminal thinking aimed at destroying Syria and its army.”
The “barbaric aggression” requires “a massive, widespread condemnation campaign by the international community and all Arab and Islamic countries,” the statement said.
The real target of the attack, Hizbullah said, was “eliminating Syria’s pivotal resistance and rejectionist role to pave the way for unfolding the chapters of a major conspiracy against [Syria] and against our Arab and Muslim peoples.”
On Saturday, Iran said that any attack on Syria would be considered an attack on Iran. “Syria plays a very key role in supporting or, God forbid, destabilizing the resistance front,” Ali Akbar Velayati, a top aide to Iran’s supreme leader
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted by Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency as saying. “For this same reason, (an) attack on Syria is considered (an) attack on Iran and Iran’s allies.”
Russia, meanwhile, expressed “concern” over reports of the Israeli attack. “If this information is confirmed, then we are dealing with unprovoked attacks on targets on the territory of a sovereign country, which blatantly violates the UN Charter and is unacceptable, no matter the motives to justify it,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
On Thursday, Syria said that it was raising its security level on all its borders. Earlier, according to reports published in The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, American officials said overnight Wednesday that Jerusalem had informed Washington about the attack. According to the reports, Israel told U.S. officials it had launched an air strike on a convoy carrying Russian-made SA-17 anti-aircraft missiles from Syria to Hizbullah terrorist bases along the border with Lebanon.
Israel has not yet made any officials statement on the matter.