“The US and the Zionist regime [of Israel] must understand that the circumstances in Syria differ from Libya and [the effort] to turn [the city of] Aleppo into [a new] Benghazi is playing with the fire which will make them suffer,” said Member of Iran’s Majlis (parliament) National Security and Foreign Policy Committee Javad Jahangirzadeh during the Wednesday open session of the parliament.
The lawmaker further rejected Western countries’ claims that they seek reforms in Syria, noting, “Why they use bombs to implement reforms in Syria and keep talking about changes?”
Another lawmaker, Seyyed Nasser Mousavi Larkani, also spoke on the Syrian situation, stressing that “as the [anti-Israeli] resistance in Syria goes ahead, it sheds more light on the true nature of terrorist countries and the Zionist regime.”
Meanwhile, Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad reiterated on Wednesday that the nation is engaged in a “crucial and heroic” battle that will determine the destiny of the key Middle Eastern country.
“The army is engaged in a crucial and heroic battle…on which the destiny of the nation and its people rests. The enemy is among us today, using agents to destabilize the country, [and] the security of its citizens… and continues to exhaust our economic and scientific resources,” Assad said in a speech published by the official SANA news agency.
“You men of the country… you have demonstrated, in dealing with the war waged against our country by the terrorist gangs, that you possess an iron will and a keen awareness.”
Assad also pointed out that the Syrian “military remains the backbone of the motherland.”
The latest speech by the Syrian president comes as fighting continues between Syrian security forces and foreign-sponsored armed groups in several areas across the country.
On Tuesday, the Syrian army cleared most areas of the northwestern city of Aleppo of armed groups, killing tens of rebels in the southwestern neighborhood of Salahuddin and the southern district of Sokari.
The Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem recently sent two letters addressed to the head of the UN Security Council and the UN secretary general, stating that the rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Turkey are using civilians in Aleppo as human shields, and killing anyone who does not support their “horrific crimes.”
Many people, including a large number of security forces, have been killed in the past months of turmoil in Syria that began in March 2011.