BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:55 P.M.) – Syria’s Assistant Foreign Minister Ayman Sussan stated on Monday that Syria will defend itself against any form of aggression by Israel, adding that they should not underestimate Damascus because of the ongoing war inside the country.
“We have full confidence the aggressor will be greatly surprised because it thought this war — this war of attrition Syria has been exposed to for years — had made it incapable of confronting attacks,” Ayman Sussan said.
“God willing, they will see more surprises whenever they try to attack Syria,” Sussan added.
The Syrian Air Defense downed an Israeli F-16 jet that was seen flying near the Syrian border on February 10th.
Israel would respond to the downing of their aircraft by launching several airstrikes over the southwestern countryside of Damascus.
This response by Israel resulted in the death of at least eight Syrian Arab Army (SAA) soldiers and a couple Iranian-backed fighters.