May 6 - Moscow says it is concerned about the rising threat of military action in Syria as Syrian TV airs video of the aftermath of Sunday's Israeli air strikes. Sunita Rappai reports.
Syrian TV airs video of the aftermath of Israeli air strikes near Damascus on Sunday. Israeli jets devastated Syrian targets in a heavy overnight air raid that Western and Israeli officials called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon's Hezbollah. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad condemned the strikes as a 'declaration of war' and threatened retaliation. A senior Israeli lawmaker said the strikes were not aimed to weaken Assad but rather ensure that his ally, Hezbollah, does not receive hi-tech weapons. Meanwhile, Russia expressed concern that the chances of foreign military intervention in Syria were growing following the air strikes. Foreign ministry spokesman Alexander Lukashevich said the escalation of armed confrontation sharply increased the risk of creating new areas of tension and also destabilized the relative calm of the Israeli-Lebanese border. Russia is a long-standing arms supplier to Damascus and has previously protected Assad by using its veto power at the UN Security Council to block efforts to push him from power.