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Syria urges UNSC to take firm action against Israeli acts of aggression

Iran Press TV

Thursday, 31 December 2020 5:47 AM

In the wake of a new Israeli aerial assault, Syria has called on the United Nations Security Council to assume its responsibility and take "firm and immediate" action to end such acts of aggression by the Tel Aviv regime.

In a letter sent to the UN chief and the Security Council president on Wednesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry urged the world body to make Israel respect Security Council Resolutions 242 (1967),338 (1973),350 (1974) and 497 (1981).

"Syria demands again that Security Council would assume its responsibilities in the framework of the UN Charter, on top of them, preserving the international peace and security, taking firm and immediate actions to stop those Israeli terrorist aggressions on the Syrian lands, and holding Israel responsible for its terrorism and crimes against the Syrian people," the letter read.

It came after an Israeli airstrike targeted a Syrian air defense unit in the al-Nabi Habil area of the Damascus countryside early on Wednesday. The attack killed a Syrian soldier and injured three others and caused material damage to the site.

In a similar air raid on December 25, Israeli warplanes fired a barrage of missiles through Lebanese airspace toward the Masyaf area in the western countryside of Syria's Hama Province.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry warned that Israel's aggressive approach poses a threat to international and regional peace and risks a dangerous escalation in the Middle East.

"While the Syrian Arab Republic condemns the aggression on the Syrian territories in a blatant violation of the Security Council resolution No.350 for the year 1974 related to the disengagement of forces agreement, it underlines that those repeated aggressions represent the hostile nature of Israel and prove once again that the Israeli occupation continues practicing the state terrorism and arrogance, especially after the failure of the terrorist forces … in carrying out their agendas," it added.

The ministry also lashed out at Israel for supporting the armed terrorist groups in Syria and the US for helping the occupying entity escape accountability with immunity.

"The Syrian Arab Republic reiterates again that the dangerous aggressive method adopted by the Israeli occupation authorities comes as a result of the unlimited support offered by the US that provides Israel with immunity from accountability, under support by some other members at the Security Council," it said.

Syria has been gripped by foreign-backed militancy since March 2011. Damascus says the Tel Aviv regime and its Western and regional allies are aiding Takfiri terrorist outfits in the Arab country.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of the resistance movement Hezbollah that has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its counter-terrorism fight.

Israel mostly keeps quiet about its attacks, which many view as knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government's increasing success on the battleground.

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