Syria: Israeli Strike a 'Declaration of War'

Israel deploys missile defenses to northern border

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted May 5, 2013 1:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – Syria is firing back figuratively at Israel after airstrikes today struck targets in and around Damascus, calling the attack "a declaration of war. This is not something that is (new)," a deputy foreign minister reports CNN. "We dealt with this on several occasions, and the retaliation was always painful to Israel, and they will suffer again." A statement from the foreign ministry later blamed Israel for "the terrorist acts which Syria is witnessing," adds the BBC.

Israel itself isn't commenting, but it has shut down airspace along its northern border and deployed missile defenses to the region. The attack has drawn criticism from the Arab world, with Egypt saying Israel had "violated international law and principles," while the Arab League called on the UN Security Council to "act immediately" to stop it.

In this 2012 file photo, an Israeli Iron Dome missile launches. Israel's military deployed Iron Dome defense system on Sunday, May 5, 2013 following Israeli airstrikes in Syria.
In this 2012 file photo, an Israeli Iron Dome missile launches. Israel's military deployed Iron Dome defense system on Sunday, May 5, 2013 following Israeli airstrikes in Syria.   (AP Photo/Ahikam Seri, File)
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.   (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.   (AP Photo/Shaam News Network via AP video)
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.
In this authenticated image, smoke and fire fill the the skyline over Damascus, Syria, early Sunday, May 5, 2013 after an Israeli airstrike.   (AP Photo/Ugarit News via AP video)
In this  June 3, 2012 file photo released by SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at the parliament in Damascus, Syria.
In this June 3, 2012 file photo released by SANA, Syrian President Bashar Assad delivers a speech at the parliament in Damascus, Syria.   (AP Photo/SANA, File)
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