Syria warns Israel: Airstrikes will have 'repercussions'

Syrian Foreign Ministry condemns Israel over alleged airstrikes near Damascus, demands the UN take action.

Elad Benari ,

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The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday warned Israel of “repercussions” following airstrikes near Damascus which it blamed on Israel.

In a letter to the UN Secretary General and Security Council President, quoted by the official Syrian news agency SANA, the Ministry claimed that on Wednesday morning a 3:42 a.m., the “Israeli occupation” attacked in Syrian territory, as Israeli aircraft fired missiles from the Lebanese airspace on an area near Damascus.

In the letter, the Ministry claimed that the Israeli attacks are proof of “the coordination, partnership, and alliance between Israel and the terrorist organizations.” The Assad regime uses the term “terrorist organizations” to describe all the rebel groups fighting the regime.

“The Israeli occupation authorities’ practice of state terrorism and its continuous coordination with the terrorist organizations, especially Jabhat al-Nusra and the terrorist groups associated with it, affirms unequivocally that Israel is an entity that renounces international legitimacy and poses a threat to international peace and security, and is no less dangerous than the threat posed by Al-Nusra and Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State -ed.),” the letter said.

The Ministry added that Israel's attacks are “flagrant violations” of Security Council and international resolutions.

“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic reiterates its warning to Israel on the serious repercussions of its attacks on Syria, its continued support for armed terrorist organizations, and its continued occupation of the Arab territories, including the Occupied Syrian Golan, and it holds Israel fully responsible for that,” the letter said, according to SANA.

The Ministry concluded by calling on the Security Council to condemn the Israeli attacks and to take firm and immediate measures to curb them, hold Israel accountable, and to ensure that it does not get away with its “crimes”.

Syrian media claimed early on Wednesday that the country's air defenses had responded to what was described as “a new Israeli aggression” in the countryside around Damascus

According to the reports, an Israeli airstrike targeted a research center in Jamraya, located northwest of Damascus.

Israel is not commenting on the report.

Last month, Syria claimed that Israeli Air Force fighters had struck a Syrian army weapons depot outside of Damascus.

Syria subsequently filed a complaint with the UN against what it called Israel’s “aggressive attitude”, warning that Israel’s actions will lead to a regional “conflagration” and complicate matters in the Middle East.

“Israel’s aggressive attitude will lead to a regional conflagration and further exacerbate the situation. This is in order to support terror and perpetuate the occupation of Arab lands,” read the letter that was delivered to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the chairman of the Security Council.

In December, Syria claimed Israeli aircraft fired several missiles at a regime military facility south of Damascus.

A month earlier, Arab media reported that Israel attacked an arms factory in the rural areas south of the Syrian city of Homs.