Israel Attacks Syrian Army Positions in Aleppo Again

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Beirut. The Arabic-language website of SANA news agency reported that on Thursday midnight a number of Syrian army positions in the industrial region of Sheikh Najjar in Northeastern Aleppo were pounded by Israeli fighters, leaving damages.

Meantime, the Arabic-language website of Sputnik news agency quoted a military source as saying that the Syrian army positions near Aleppo airport as well as Sheikh Najjar, al-Naqarin and Jabrin regions in Eastern Aleppo were targeted by Israeli missiles.

He added that the Syrian army’s air defense unit has destroyed 70% of the missiles.

Meanwhile, the US was isolated at the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday over President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights as the other countries on the council opposed the move.

In a letter requesting Wednesday’s meeting, Syria described the US decision as a “flagrant violation” of council resolutions, while North Korea issued a statement backing “the struggle of the Syrian government and people for taking back the occupied Golan Heights”.

Israel captured the Golan Heights from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in 1981 in a move the 15-member UN Security Council declared “null and void and without international legal effect”.

British UN Ambassador Karen Pierce told the council that the US decision was in contravention of that 1981 resolution, while Russia’s Deputy UN Ambassador Vladimir Safronkov said Washington had violated UN resolutions and warned it could fuel instability in the Middle East.

The European members of the council – France, Britain, Germany, Belgium and Poland – on Tuesday also raised concerns about “broader consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and also about the broader regional consequences”.

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