BEIRUT, LEBANON (2:05 P.M.) – Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Faisal Miqdad, warned on Thursday that Syria’s air defense is ready to confront any Turkish attack on its sovereign territory.
“Syria’s air defense has regained full strength and is ready to confront any Turkish air assault,” Dr. Miqdad stated.
“We warn the Turkish regime that if they initiate hostilities in the Afrin region, this will be considered an act of aggression by the Turkish Army on the territorial sovereignty of the Syrian Arab Republic,” Dr. Miqdad continued.
“Afrin and the other regions of northern and northeastern Syria belong to the Syrian Arab Republic; they will remain forever Syrian land,” he added.
Dr. Miqdad’s warnings this afternoon came shortly after the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu demanded the Syrian Arab Army (SAA) halt all military operations in the Idlib Governorate.