Syria calls on UN to ‘shoulder its responsibilities’
Syria has called on the United Nations to halt the United States led-coalition’s attacks on civilians after over a dozen people are killed in separate airstrikes across the country.
In a letter sent to the UN Secretary General António Guterres and the Security Council chairman on Sunday, the Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry voiced its severe condemnation of the coalition’s actions against civilians.
In the letter, Syria slammed the many parties who claim to care for the rule of law and human rights but turn a blind eye to the atrocities committed by the coalition in the provinces of Raqqah and Dayr al-Zawr.
It also called on the UNSC (United Nations Security Council) to “shoulder its main responsibility of preserving international peace and security and take immediate action to stop the brutal crimes committed by the illegal coalition against the innocent civilians and prevent more crimes from happening.”
According to Syria’s official news agency SANA on Sunday, at least 10 civilians lost their lives when the U.S.-led military aircraft bombarded al-Duwaiji village in the Tal Shaer district of Dayr al-Zawr Province near the border with Iraq.
At least six people also lost their lives when a residential area of al-Da’ij village in the Hasakah Province was hit by U.S.-led fighter jets.
The U.S.-led coalition has been conducting airstrikes against what are said to be the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ Daesh) targets inside Syria since September 2014 without any authorization from the Damascus government or a UN mandate.
The military alliance has repeatedly been accused of targeting and killing civilians. It has also been largely incapable of achieving its declared goal of destroying ISIL.
Israel will continue bombing Syria
The Israeli regime has signaled that Tel Aviv would continue with military strikes across the Syrian border to thwart any al- leged encroachment by Iranian-allied forces, including the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, even by violating a de-escalation zone designated by Russia and the U.S. in the southwest of the country.
Back on July 7, Russia, the U.S. and Jordan agreed to back a ceasefire in southwestern Syria and to establish a de-escalation zone in the Syrian provinces of Dara’a, Suwayda and Quneitra, which borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. The truce came into force two days later and proved to be helpful in reducing fighting in the designated area.
Israel has already said that it refuses to abide by the July 7 truce deal. Later in the month, the regime’s Minister of Military Affairs Avigdor Liberman affirmed that “Israel reserves its complete freedom of action, regardless of any understandings or developments” in the region.
However, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in his televised remarks opening Israel’s weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, did not elaborate on the new Washington-Moscow arrangement for Syria.
Furthermore, Israel’s Minister for Regional Cooperation Tzachi Hanegbi told reporters after the meeting that the truce deal “does not meet Israel’s unequivocal demand that there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north.”
Elsewhere in his comments, the Israeli minister said that Tel Aviv had “set red lines” and that it would stand “firm” on them, alluding to the Israeli military strikes in Syria, carried out against suspected Hezbollah arms depots or in retaliation for attacks launched from the Syrian-controlled Golan.
Tel Aviv has, on several occasions, targeted the territory inside Syria, often claiming that it strikes convoys heading for Hezbollah fighters. In the latest incident, Israel announced on Saturday that its military, using a Patriot missile, had intercepted and shot down an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) purportedly operated by the Syrian Air Force in the Golan Heights, adding that it was checking whether the aircraft had any connection “to Iran and Hezbollah.”
The Hezbollah fighters have been helping the Syrian military in its battle against Fateh al-Sham (al-Nusra Front/Jabhat al-Nusra) and ISIL, two prominent Takfiri terrorist groups operating in the Middle Eastern country.
Back in April 2015, Netanyahu officially admitted for the first time that the regime’s military had conducted strikes in the Syrian territory.
Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community. The regime has built dozens of settlements in the area ever since and has used the region to carry out a number of military operations against the Syrian government.
Syria says the raids aim to boost the Takfiri militant groups fighting against the Syrian government forces. Earlier this month, Damascus called on the United Nations to take immediate action against Israel following its airstrike on a copper factory in the town of Hassia in Homs province.
On several occasions, the Syrian army has confiscated Israeli-made arms and military equipment from militants fighting pro-Damascus forces. Israel has also been providing medical treatment to the extremist militants wounded in Syria.
Takfiri groups such as ISIL and al-Nusra have never attacked Israel despite operating close to Syria’s borders with the occupied Palestinian territories over the past couple of years.