Showing their support for the Lebanese people and Hezbollah, tens of thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of the Syrian capital. Chanting anti-Israeli slogans and burning flags with the Star of David drawn on them, they also condemned what they see as acts of war by Israel.
Damascus is sending non-military supplies to battered Lebanon and Syrian authorities are also waiving airport and port fees for aid bound for Beirut. Syria’s airports, ports and border crossings have become the only way out after Israel blockaded Lebanon from the sea and bombed much of its transport infrastructure.
Meanwhile Iran’s foreign minister has held talks in Damascus with the Syrian president. It is a meeting that comes after Tehran threatened “unimaginable damage” to Israel if it attacked Syria. Close allies Syria and Iran are both supporters of Hezbollah, although Tehran denies supplying missiles or personnel.