Syrian TV shows footage of Israeli airstrike's aftermath

2013-02-03 13:37:21 GMT2013-02-03 21:37:21(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DAMASCUS, Feb. 3 (Xinhua) -- The Syrian state-TV has aired video footage of the bombed military site that was targeted last week by an Israeli airstrike near the capital Damascus.

The footage, repeatedly being run on the TV, showed the destroyed building with shattered windows, piles of debris and twisted metal on burnt concrete. Syria said two people were killed in the rare air raid and threatened retaliation in due time.

Meanwhile, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak confirmed on Sunday that his country carried out the air raid inside Syria. Addressing a world gathering at the Munich conference, Barak said "I can't add anything to what you have read in the newspapers about what happened in Syria several days ago."

"I keep telling frankly that we said- and that's proof when we said something we mean it- we say that we don't think it should be allowed to bring advanced weapons systems into Lebanon," he said.

U.S. officials said the Israeli airstrike targeted a convoy carrying anti-aircraft weapons and heading form Syria to Lebanon and also targeted the centre out of which the convoy set off.

The convoy, Western officials said, was carrying weapons to Lebanese Hezbollah militant group.

Meanwhile, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said Sunday that his country is capable of repulsing any aggression that might target its people thanks to its military strength and the awareness of its people, according to the state-media.

Assad made the remarks during his meeting Sunday with the head of Iran's supreme national security council, Saeed Jalili, who set foot in Damascus a day earlier for talks with Assad and top officials about the recent Israeli airstrike.

During the meeting, Assad stressed that "this aggression reveals the real role Israel is playing in cooperation with external hostile powers and their tools on the Syrian ground to destabilize the stability of Syria."

He stressed that Syria with the awareness of its people and the strength of its army is capable of repelling any aggression that targets its people and their historical role, according to SANA.

Meanwhile, Jalili stressed his confidence in the "wisdom" of the Syrian leadership in dealing with this "wanton aggression that targets the leading role of Syria in the resistance axe," stressing that his country's full support to Syria in the face of the "Zionist enemy."

He also reiterated Iran's keenness on the ongoing coordination with Syria to fend off the foreign plots that aim to undermine the security in the region, SANA said.

Jalili also repeated his country's line that it supports the vision of President Assad for a political solution for Syria, as the sole way to end the long-standing conflict.

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