Syria’s Assad says Israel ‘supporting terrorists’ by striking his army

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad speaks during an interview with AFP news agency in Damascus

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said in a Venezuelan television interview broadcast on Thursday that Israeli military strikes on his army showed Israel was “supporting terrorists” in Syria, state-run Syrian media reported.

Assad did not directly refer to the Israeli air strikes near Damascus airport early on Thursday and Syria’s official SANA news agency, which carried quotes from the interview with Venezuela’s Telesur channel, did not say when it was recorded.

(Reporting by Angus McDowall; editing by Mark Heinrich)