Syria threatens Israel over sortie


Syria hinted at imminent retaliation for an alleged Israeli violation of its airspace.

Syrian Vice President Farouk Shaara said in an interview published over the weekend that his country was weighing a response to what it described as an incursion by Israeli warplanes Thursday.

“I can’t reveal details of the measures,” Shaara told Italy’s La Repubblica daily. “That’s a question of national security. 

“I can tell you that at this time, in Damascus, political and military chiefs are studying a series of responses. The results will not be long in coming.”

Syria’s official state newspaper Tishrin accused the Bush administration of complicity in the flyover.

Israel and the United States have not commented on the incident.

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