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
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)

(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.

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May 6, 2013 10:26 AM CDT
Quite frankly it is well past time to dissolve our nation from any and all involvement with United nations fraud an low life Union.
May 6, 2013 10:22 AM CDT
Israel Has accomplished ! That which the white house and all its bullcrap would not do! That is to disarm chemically Syria. Further more they certainly have the right to protect an defend them selves from probably future chemical attacks on their Nation. This White House is quiet the fraud, fakes or phonies , Benghazi ,Boston , Fort Hood You name it when it comes to Terrorism Obama Is all about bull crap He has not nor will he defend this nation against his brethren ( the Islamist ) Just look at how this bullshit artist and his entire cabinet find every excuse in the world not to take out Iran's nuke program. The European union, Nato, You name the organization, They will not offer solid support to either the Israeli or the U.S.A. Both nation are quite alone in this world. So hurray for Israel .
May 6, 2013 3:02 AM CDT
I just wish both silly sides of the conflict lay down there arms,and the vague rebels get charged for all their crimes including using chembombs on civilians.