Moscow. Russia has urged Israel to stop its “spontaneous” air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli military carried out fresh strikes against targets near the Syrian capital, Damascus.
Israel has repeatedly attacked Syrian government positions under the pretext that its attacking Iranian military advisers, who are in the country on a request from President Bashar al-Assad to assist the Syrian Army in their fight against foreign-backed terrorists.
“The practice of spontaneous strikes on the territory of a sovereign state, in this case Syria, must end,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, according to Russia’s TASS state news agency.
Zakharova (pictured below) said such moves by Tel Aviv only fueled tensions in the region and harmed the long-term interests of all regional players, including Israel itself.
“We should prevent turning Syria, which has suffered over the past years of the armed conflict, into an arena of settling geopolitical scores,” she added. “And we urge everyone to think about the possible consequences of causing more chaos in the Middle East.”
On Sunday, Syria’s SANA state news agency cited an unnamed military official as saying that the country’s aerial defenses had managed to “thwart” a daylight missile attack by Israeli warplanes against some localities in and around Damascus, including an airport.
Israel mounted another aerial aggression in the early hours of Monday, which SANA said included “land and air strikes … through successive waves of guided missiles.”
The Syrian air defense network was promptly activated and shot down “most” of the “hostile” projectiles before reaching their designated targets, the report said.
Syria wrote letters to the UN, warning that it could use its right to respond in self defense by striking Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport unless the UN Security Council steps in to stop the Tel Aviv regime’s aggression.
Situation in Idlib ‘deteriorating’ Zakharova also raised concerns about the increasing number of violations of an ongoing ceasefire in Syria’s western province of Idlib, which was brokered by Russia and Turkey in September.
“The number of ceasefire violations is increasing. Since the Russian-Turkey memorandum was signed on September 17, more than one thousand such cases were registered with 65 people dead and more than 200 wounded. Thirty ceasefire violations were registered in the last four days,” she said.