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Syria condemns fresh Israel attack on Quneitra

Iran Press TV

Tue Sep 13, 2016 5:23PM

Syria has denounced the Israeli regime's fresh airstrike on the southwestern Quneitra province, situated in the Golan Heights, calling on the United Nations to take measures against the Tel Aviv regime over its support for terrorists operating inside the Arab country.

The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry issued the call in two letters sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and head of UN Security Council (UNSC), Ramlan Bin Ibrahim, on Tuesday, SANA news agency reported.

The Syrian ministry described the Israeli aggression as "a desperate attempt to boost the deteriorating morale of the terrorist organizations after the losses inflicted upon them by the Syrian army in Quneitra countryside and across Syria."

It further noted that the Israeli aerial assault came within the framework of an alliance between Tel Aviv and terrorists, particularly Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, al-Qaeda's Syrian branch formerly known as al-Nusra Front.

Syria urges the UNSC and the UN chief to take all procedures, stipulated in the UN Charter, to punish Israel for its offenses and force it to halt its aggression and immediately suspend its backing for terrorists, the ministry added.

It also went on to say that the UNSC member states should not ignore the serious threat posed by the Israel-Jabhat Fateh al-Sham alliance.

Early on Tuesday, the Israeli military said its aircraft targeted what it described as "artillery positions" of the Syrian government in the Golan Heights.It further claimed that the attack came in response to "a projectile" which on Monday had hit the northern Golan. It was the fifth such attack in just over a week.

Syria says Israel and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri militant groups active in the Middle Eastern state. Moreover, the Syrian army has repeatedly seized huge quantities of Israeli-made weapons and advanced military equipment from the foreign-backed militants inside Syria.

Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria after the 1967 Six-Day War and later occupied it in a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Over the past few months, the Takfiri militants have suffered major setbacks as the Syrian army has managed to liberate several areas.

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