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Syria’s Foreign Ministry on Sunday demanded that the United Nations impose sanctions on Israel in response to what it termed “the Israeli aggression on the Syrian soil”, hours after Syria accused Israel of carrying out airstrikes against two government-held areas in Damascus province.

In a letter addressed to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Security Council, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said, according to the SANA news agency, that Israel “has committed a heinous crime against the sovereignty of Syria as Israeli warplanes attacked two safe areas in al-Dimas and near Damascus International Airport in Damascus Countryside, causing material damage in a number of institutions there.”

The letter claimed, as Syria has done in the past, that “the attack is in the framework of extending help and support to the armed terrorist groups in Syria, especially after the series of achievements made by the Syrian army in Deir Ezzor, Aleppo, Daraa and other areas.”

“The attack also aims at covering up the internal disputes in Israel through diverting the attention away from the collapse of the Israeli coalition government and the extremism of this government, embodied in its continued occupation of the Arab territories and violation of the international legitimacy and law in addition to UN Security Council’s resolutions,” the letter said.

The letter further said that the Syrian government is calling to impose “deterring sanctions on Israel, which did not hide its policy in supporting terrorism,” according to SANA.