Syria’s envoy to the UN has blasted deadly airstrikes on an airbase, saying the raids show the US, along with Turkey and Israel, have moved from a proxy war to a “personal” one on the Arab state.
Speaking at a UN Security Council meeting in New York on Wednesday, Bashar Ja’afari said the US flouted the terms of the ceasefire meant to end hostilities in Syria, but Damascus committed itself to the deal.
He also criticized the international community for its failure to condemn US airstrikes near the Dayr al-Zawr airbase, saying the raid killed 83 Syrian soldiers and wounded 100 others.
The truce, brokered by Russia and the US, began on September 12 and was agreed to last seven days, but Damascus did not extend it after its army base came under attack in violation of the deal.
Ja’afari further dismissed as unfounded some Western media reports that Russia had targeted a UN aid convoy on the outskirts of Aleppo in revenge for the airstrikes on Syrian troops.
“The current dirty propaganda campaign is being pursued by the parties that seek political blackmail to advance their agendas,” he said.
Ja’afari also denounced Turkey’s “illegitimate” ground and aerial attacks on the Syrian soil under the pretext of fighting Daesh. The attacks, he said, are carried out without Damascus’ consent and cooperation with the Russian operational command center in Syria.
“These attacks amount to aggression against Syria under the international law,” Ja’afari noted.
Israel has also carried out a series of attacks against Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights, which some believe are meant to provide air cover for Takfiri terrorists operating there.
Ja’afari said Damascus is ready to resume the Syrian-Syrian dialogue without any preconditions in order to work out a political solution to the ongoing crisis and safeguard the territorial integrity of Syria.