Syria Not In­tim­i­dated By New Is­raeli Airstrike

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DA­M­AS­CUS (Dis­patches) - Syria has com­plained to the UN about Is­rael’s new air raids, stress­ing that the “cow­ardly” at­tacks will fail to ham­per its re­solve to de­fend the coun­try and con­front its en­e­mies.

In sep­a­rate let­ters to the UN chief and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil chair­man, the Syr­ian For­eign Min­istry de­nounced mis­siles fired by Is­raeli war­planes on a num­ber of sites near Da­m­as­cus on Fri­day.

The min­istry said the fresh at­tack was in fla­grant vi­o­la­tion of UN Se­cu­rity Coun­cil Res­o­lu­tion 350, which en­shrines a cease­fire be­tween Tel Aviv and Da­m­as­cus, first put in place in 1974.

A Syr­ian mil­i­tary source told the of­fi­cial SANA news agency that the Syr­ian air de­fenses had “in­ter­cepted hos­tile mis­siles and downed most of them.”

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, the Is­raeli ag­gres­sion caused ma­te­rial dam­age to one of the ware­houses at Da­m­as­cus In­ter­na­tional Air­port.

Is­raeli war­planes, ap­par­ently de­terred by buoyed Syr­ian air de­fense sys­tems, sneak into the Le­banese airspace and fire mis­siles at their tar­gets in­side Syria.

The min­istry said the Is­raeli ac­tions in Syria were no dif­fer­ent from those of Tak­firi ter­ror­ist groups ma­raud­ing across parts of the coun­try.

“The de­lib­er­ate re­peat of these grave provo­ca­tions and cow­ardly ag­gres­sion is a clear proof of the fact that what Is­rael is do­ing is no dif­fer­ent from what Daesh and Jab­hat al-Nusra or­ga­ni­za­tions are do­ing in terms of ter­ror­ist meth­ods and threat­en­ing in­ter­na­tional peace and se­cu­rity,” it said.

The min­istry also con­demned the US sup­port for Is­rael and the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil’s si­lence in the face of the Is­rael crimes.

“Syria stresses that the con­tin­u­a­tion of Is­rael in its se­ri­ous ag­gres­sive ap­proach would not have been pos­si­ble with­out the po­lit­i­cal, mil­i­tary and me­dia cover pro­vided by the US ad­min­is­tra­tion in the con­text of a state of im­mu­nity from any ac­count­abil­ity pro­vided by well-known states in the Se­cu­rity Coun­cil, which could en­able Is­rael to con­tinue to prac­tice state ter­ror­ism,” the let­ters read.

Is­rael fre­quently at­tacks mil­i­tary tar­gets in­side Syria in what is con­sid­ered as an at­tempt to prop up Tak­firi ter­ror­ist groups that have been suf­fer­ing heavy de­feats at the hands of Syr­ian gov­ern­ment forces.

There has been an­other act of Is­raeli ag­gres­sion against the coun­try which is the en­gine in the fight against Is­lamist ter­ror­ism, Syria. Time and again, Is­rael proves it­self as be­ing a ma­jor vi­o­la­tor of in­ter­na­tional law and a source for great in­sta­bil­ity. #Syria In an in­ter­view with the New York Times ear­lier this week, Lieu­tenant Gen­eral Gadi Eisenkot, the Is­raeli army’s out­go­ing chief of staff, said that Is­rael had car­ried out “thou­sands” of airstrikes in Syria in re­cent years.

Is­rael claims the at­tacks tar­get Ira­nian mil­i­tary ad­vis­ers and Hezbol­lah fight­ers, but an Is­raeli in­tel­li­gence web­site re­cently put the ki­bosh on the claim, say­ing the raids in fact hit Syr­ian army po­si­tions.

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