'Strikes an 'important signal' to Iran, Hezbollah'

Lebanon's Hezbollah deputy leader Sheikh Naim Qassem gestures as he speaks during an interview with Reuters in Beirut Leban

Hezbollah's leader Sunday said that the USA -led strikes on Syria over the weekend will "complicate" the possibility of reaching a political solution in Syria.

Iran's involvement in Syria in support of Assad has alarmed Israel, which has said it will counter any threat.

"The conditions do not point to a total war happening. unless (U.S. President Donald) Trump and (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu completely lose their minds", he said.

Fears of confrontation between Russian Federation, the Syrian state's key ally, and the West ran high after Trump said missiles "will be coming" and lambasted Moscow for standing by Assad.

The attack was launched under the pretext of punishing the Syrian government for the alleged use of chemical weapons in an attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in east of Damascus on April 7.

Asked about possible spillover into Lebanon, Qassem said: "If the assault on Syria has a very limited scope, then it's expected that reactions from the concerned sides in Syria will be tied to the Syrian arena".

"The American attack is an important signal to the axis of evil - Iran, Syria and Hezbollah", Gallant said.

Syria, Iran and Russian Federation say Israel was behind an air strike on a Syrian air base on Monday that killed seven Iranian military personnel, something Israel has neither confirmed nor denied.

Netanyahu said Israel would not allow Iran to establish itself in Syria, according to his office. Iran-backed Hezbollah, which has an extensive missile arsenal, last fought a war with Israel in 2006.



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