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  Iyar 25, 5773 , 05/05/13

Rebels Condemn Israeli Strikes on Damascus

The Syrian National Coalition opposition group condemned, Sunday, weekend Israeli strikes inside Syria, according to Agence France PresseThe umbrella opposition group said the timing of the strikes was "suspicious" because it could draw attention away from at least two reported incidents of mass killings by regime troops in Syria this week.

A coalition statement said, "It is not unlikely that as a result of these attacks, and world distraction, more crimes will be committed." It continued, "The Syrian Coalition deeply regrets the deafening silence and powerlessness of the international community in the face of such grievous violations of international laws, continued by the Assad regime and taken advantage of by Israel in order to fulfil clear objectives."

Media and political coordinator Louay Muqdad of the rebel Free Syrian Army told AFP,"Of course the Free Syrian Army and any Syrian is bothered that their
country is being bombed, but Syria is being bombed every day by Bashar al-Assad, and by Israel." He also said, "We wonder why there are so many missiles and military installations around Damascus when they should be close to the ceasefire line with Israel on the Golan Heights." He added, "For us, the operations that we carry out every day are not related to Israeli attacks or anything else, and we will continue to fight until the fall of Assad."

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