Damascus has threatened to exercise its legitimate right for self-defense against Israeli aggression and target Tel Aviv airport in a mirror response unless the Security Council puts an end to Israel’s intrusions into Syrian airspace.
Apparently fed up with years of Israeli impunity in the Syrian skies and regular strikes carried out in the vicinity of Damascus International Airport, Syria has threatened to retaliate in explicit terms.
“Isn’t it time now for the UN Security Council to stop the Israeli repeated aggressions on the Syrian Arab Republic territories?” Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari wondered Tuesday, RT reported.
Urging the UN Security Council to adopt measures to stop such blatant violations of Syrian sovereignty by Israel, Jaafari accused France, Britain and the US – all permanent members of the world body – of endorsing Israeli aggression in breach of their responsibility to “maintain international peace and security in accordance with international law.”
“The restoration sovereignty of the occupied Syrian Golan is a permanent right of Syria that (is) not subject to negotiations,” he stressed.
Israel reportedly launched an hour of air attacks over Damascus on a second consecutive night of military action in what appeared to be a face-saving attempt after Syrian air defenses thwarted an attack on Sunday.
The Sunday attack, launched by four Israeli F-16 jets, did not damage its targets, while Syrian air defenses shot down seven missiles fired at an airport near Damascus, Russia’s control center said.
Syrian state media, citing a military source, said the country had endured “intense attack through consecutive waves of guided missiles” early Monday but had destroyed most “hostile targets.”