May 7 - Turkey and Iran decry Israeli air strikes on Syria as region pushes for political solution to civil war. Lindsey Parietti reports.
With Syria's civil war increasingly threatening the security of the entire region the embattled country's neighbours speak out against Israeli air attacks. Israel said the air strikes Friday and Sunday, shown here on Syrian state TV, were to stop Iranian missiles from reaching Hezbollah supporters in Lebanon. Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said the attacks were unacceptable. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PRIME MINISTER TAYYIP ERDOGAN SAYING: "The Israeli air strike on Damascus is completely unacceptable. There is no excuse, no pretext that can justify this operation. These raids are nothing but opportunities, trump cards presented to Assad on a golden plate." Speaking in Jordan, Iran's foreign minister condemned the agains but again wartned against foreign intervention in Syria. Ali Akhbar Salehi said it was no secret Iran supports the Syrian government, but said Tehran also recognises peaceful opposition and has urged Assad's government to engage in talks. His Jordanian counterpart emphasized the need for a political solution and downplayed U.S. military training of Syrian rebels on its territory. Most nations have been reluctant to support military intervention in Syria despite the failure so far of diplomatic efforts to stop the bloodshed.