Syria urges UN to take 'decisive steps' against Israel

Syria complains to UN after IDF retaliates for spillover from Syrian civil war.

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Elad Benari,

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Syria on Saturday complained to the UN over Israel's “aggressive acts”, after the IDF destroyed three Syrian artillery cannons in retaliation for four rockets from Syrian exploding in the northern Golan Heights.

In two letters to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and to the UN Security Council, quoted by the official Syrian news agency SANA, the Syrian foreign ministry said it considered Israel's air strikes “a new cycle of outright collusion between the Israeli occupation and armed terrorist groups and a desperate attempt to support these groups.”

In two letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary General and Security Council President, Foreign and Expatriates Ministry stressed that Syria again warns of the serious repercussions of such repeated aggressive acts which support terrorism and its criminal organizations.

The letters charged Israel with instructing “terrorists” to launch mortar shells on empty land “inside the occupied territories to give the Israeli enemy a pretext to carry out its aggression.”

“The new aggression leaves no doubt as to the links between the Israeli occupation and terrorist organizations as facts and incidents add up to prove this said the Ministry, with the goal being the destabilization of the Syrian Arab Republic,” claimed the letters.

“Syria is surprised over the UN Security Council’s inability to stop and condemn the Israeli attacks which constitute a flagrant violation of the principles of UN Charter, the rules of international law and all relevant resolutions issued by them,” the foreign ministry said, urging the UN Security council to take decisive steps “to put an end to these repeated aggressions.”

Saturday's incident is the latest example of spillover from the Syrian civil war into Israeli territory.

On Thursday, a rocket fired from Syria hit the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. The rocket landed in an open field, and no injuries or damage were reported.

Israeli army units returned fire, striking a Syrian army position.

Earlier this week, a Syrian surface-to-air missile battery opened fire on Israeli aircraft flying over southern Lebanon. Israeli Air Force planes returned fire, destroying the surface-to-air missile battery which had attacked them.

Syria previously complained to the UN over an Israeli air strike in September, demanding the global body “take an immediate and decisive measure to halt them in accordance with its resolutions related to combating terrorism”.








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