Syria warns Israel against attack


Syria has warned Israel of the consequences of an attack on its soil.

Warning of a "harsh and direct" response if it is attacked by Israel, Information Minister Mohsen Bilal said "Any aggression against Syria will have a firm and direct response not limited in time or means."

Syria is a main backer of Hizbollah, whose fighters captured Israeli soldiers in a cross-border operation on Wednesday, sparking Israeli reprisals that have so far killed more than 100 civilians in Lebanon.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said yesterday that Syria will put its resources at the disposal of Lebanon to help cope with Israeli attacks devastating the country.