World Bulletin / News Desk
Syria's defence minister said the army had proved it would not be defeated in its confrontation with rebels trying to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad, but declined to say whether it would respond to an Israeli air strike last week.
"This heroic Syrian Arab army proved to the world that it is a strong army, a trained army, an army that cannot be broken," Fahed al-Freij told state television in an interview broadcast on Monday.
Freij portrayed Israel's attack as a response to the failure of the rebels, who he described as "tools" of the Jewish state, to destroy the Jamraya complex.
Syria protested last week to the United Nations over the Israeli raid, saying it considered it a violation of a military disengagement accord following their last major war in 1973.
Israel's Defence Minister Ehud Barak implied his country was behind the raid. Israel bombed a suspected Syrian nuclear site in 2007.
That attack did not prompt military retaliation.Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2013, 11:41