Daily Israel Report

Syria Condemns Israel, Ignores Own Crackdown

Syria condemns Israeli air raids on Gaza, blatantly ignoring its own brutal crackdown on opposition protesters.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 3/14/2012, 2:15 AM

Assad and Wife Asma
Assad and Wife Asma
Reuters

Syria condemned on Tuesday Israeli air raids on Gaza, blatantly ignoring its own brutal crackdown on opposition protesters.

AFP reported that Syria called on world powers to act urgently to put an end to the airstrikes.

The Syrian Foreign Minister said in a statement that the country “roundly condemns Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people and urges the international community to undertake urgent steps to put an end to these activities and to sanction those responsible.”

The ministry also reiterated “Syria's support for the people of Gaza,” according to the AFP report.

Syria’s condemnation comes following four days of hostilities, in which terror groups fired more than 200 rockets at Israeli civilians, while the IAF responded by targeting the cells firing the rockets – killing 27 Gazans, of whom 25 were terrorists.

The IDF laid the blame for civilian casualties at the door of the terror gangs, noting they were firing rockets from deep within densely populated civilian areas and using civilians as human shields.

On Monday night it was reported that Egypt had brokered a ceasefire between Israel and the Gaza-based terror groups. The ceasefire went into effect as of 1:00 a.m. (Israel time) Tuesday morning, but terrorists continued to fire rockets and missiles into Israel throughout the day.

As Syria was condemning Israel, it conveniently forgot its own crackdown on anti-regime protesters, which has resulted in at least 7,500 civilians dead and tens of thousands arrested.

On Tuesday, Syrian troops committed another massacre in Idlib, murdering 55 people. The latest massacre comes one day after the Syrian regime killed at least 47 women and children in a massacre in the Karm al-Zeitoun neighborhood in Homs.