Nasrallah: Syria strikes don't serve Israel's interests

Hezbollah leader says Western strikes on Syria failed to terrorize the army or even serve Israel's interests.

Elad Benari,

Hassan Nasrallah
Hassan Nasrallah

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah on Sunday said that Western strikes on Syria had failed to terrorize the army, help insurgents or even serve Israel's interests.

Speaking at a rally in Bekaa, Lebanon, Nasrallah claimed the U.S. military had kept its strikes limited because it knew a wider attack would spark retaliation from Damascus and its allies.

"The American (military) knows well that going towards a wide confrontation and a big operation against the regime and the army and the allied forces in Syria could not end," he said, according to Haaretz.

"Any such confrontation would inflame the entire region," warned Nasrallah, whose group is a vital ally of the Assad regime in Syria, having sent its terrorists to fight alongside Assad’s troops and sustaining heavy losses along the way.

Nasrallah’s comments follow Saturday’s joint attack by the U.S, Britain and France on targets in Syria. The strike came in response to Assad's recent use of chemical weapons against civilians in Douma.

On Friday, the Hezbollah leader threatened and said a strike on a Syrian airbase attributed to the Jewish State has put it in direct confrontation with Iran.

"The Israelis committed a historic mistake... and put themselves in direct combat with Iran," Nasrallah warned in a televised address.

Seven Iranian personnel were killed in Monday's early-morning strike on the T-4 airbase in Syria.

Iran accused Israel of being behind the air strike, as did the Syrian regime as well as Russia. The IDF has refused to comment on the air strike.