Posted at: 05/07/2013 2:47 PM
Updated at: 05/07/2013 3:09 PM
By: BARBARA SURK, Associated Press
BEIRUT (AP) - Syrian President Bashar Assad is denouncing Israel and says his nation is capable of facing the Jewish state after its warplanes hit targets near Damascus over the weekend.
Assad's comments were his first since the airstrikes. He spoke Tuesday after a meeting with Ali Akbar Salehi, the Iranian foreign minister, who was visiting Damascus.
Assad stopped short of promising retaliation, but said the Syrians "are capable of facing Israel's ventures."
He also accused Israel of supporting "terrorists" in Syria. The Syrian government refers to rebels fighting to topple Assad's regime as terrorists.
Israel officials say Israel carried out airstrikes to target weapons near Damascus that were bound for the Hezbollah militant group in Lebanon.
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