Assad said Sunday that Israel is trying to "destabilize Syria," in reference to the country's reported air strike on a military research base outside Damascus.
He said that the attack "unmasked the true role Israel is playing, in collaboration with foreign enemy forces and their agents on Syrian soil, to destabilize and weaken Syria," according to BBC News.
The embattled president added that Syria was able to confront "current threats ...and aggression" against it, state media reported according to Reuters.
Syrian state news agency SANA said that Assad made his comments in a meeting with Iran's national security council secretary Saeed Jalili in Damascus; the statements were Assad's first reported response to the Israeli strike last Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post reported.
Jalili reportedly responded by offering Iran's "full support for the Syrian people ... facing the Zionist aggression, and its continued coordination to confront the conspiracies and foreign projects," according to the Jerusalem Post.
The strike reportedly hi a scientific research center, which is believed to be an unconventional weapons factory, UPI reported. Others believe that the air strike was targeting a convoy bringing weapons, including Russian-made missiles, to Hezbollah forces in Lebanon.
So far, Israel has not responded to the allegations it was behind the raid, though Netanyahu has said that Israel would intervene in Syria to keep weapons from falling into the wrong hands.
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