Assad threatens Tel Aviv if NATO attacks Syria

Turkey prepares sanctions after UNSC veto

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5 או' 2011 (כל היום)
Assad threatens Tel Aviv if NATO attacks Syria

Iran’s semi-official FARS news agency reported on Tuesday that Syrian President Bashar Assad issued a dark warning to western countries during a meeting with Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmad Davutoglu, saying that if his regime comes under attack from NATO the way his colleague, ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi did, he will fire missiles at Tel Aviv. "If a crazy measure is taken against Damascus, I will need not more than 6 hours to transfer hundreds of rockets and missiles to the Golan Heights to fire them at Tel Aviv," Assad reportedly said. He added that he would demand of the Lebanese Shi’ite terror militia Hezbollah that they join in the attack. "All these events will happen in three hours, and in the following three hours, Iran will attack the US warships in the Persian Gulf and the US and European interests will be targeted simultaneously," he concluded.

Also on Tuesday, Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan told reporters on his way to visit the Hatay refugee camp that he would move to impose sanctions on Syria regardless of what the rest of the international community does. The Turkish army has also been ordered to initiate large scale military exercises all along the length of the country's 550-mile border with Syria from 5-13 October, as both a warning to Assad of the gravity of the situation and as a practical first step should Erdogan decide that an incursion into Syria is necessary.

"What matters for us is the Syrian people. The freedoms [in Syria] are disregarded [by the government]," said Erdogan, adding that Assad was repeating his father Hafez al-Assad's violent campaign of 1982, in which Syrian security forces killed tens of thousands of Syrians, mostly supporters of the Moslem brotherhood.

Erdogan’s anger was further stirred after the Russian and Chinese delegations at the UN Security Council vetoed a resolution calling for sanctions against Assad. US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice said the US is “outraged” that the Security Council “utterly failed to address an urgent moral challenge and a growing threat to regional peace and security” and that the veto was exercised on a “vastly watered-down text” that did not even mention sanctions.

“During this season of change, the people of the Middle East can now see clearly which nations have chosen to ignore their calls for democracy and instead prop up desperate, cruel dictators,” Rice said.

“Those who oppose this resolution and give cover to a brutal regime will have to answer to the Syrian people-and, indeed, to people across the region who are pursuing the same universal aspirations.”

“Let there be no doubt: this is not about military intervention,” Rice said. “This is not about Libya. That is a cheap ruse by those who would rather sell arms to the Syrian regime than stand with the Syrian people.”


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