Report: Syria calling reserve forces following Israeli flyover
Syria was reportedly calling its reserve forces. The Daily newspaper an-Nahar, in an un-attributed report, said Syria has "called to service part of its reserve force."
Meanwhile, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told ministers at the weekly cabinet meeting Sunday that Israel cannot always expose its military operations to the public.
"The security sources and IDF soldiers are demonstrating unusual courage," said Olmert, according to Haaretz. "We naturally cannot always show the public our cards."
The Israeli leader did not specifically refer to Syria's outrage after Israeli jets violated its airspace early Thursday. Olmert's remarks, however, come amid an ongoing Israeli blackout regarding the Syrian charges.
Cabinet ministers and senior Israeli officers refused to comment on or off the record on the incident.
The newspaper added Syria is still undecided on its response to the flyover. The Israeli army, however, has reportedly lowered its state of alert on the Syrian border compared to last week.
Meanwhile, Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem will on Sunday present the Turkish leadership with evidence that the Israeli airplanes indeed violated Syrian airspace, according to the London-based Arabic-language newspaper Al-Hayat. Moallem will arrive in Ankara on Sunday, and is scheduled to meet with Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan as well as his Turkish counterpart Ali Babacan. Prior to departing for Turkey, Moallem will meet with European Union envoys in Damascus.
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