In yet another aggressive and illegal attack from Israel on Syrian soil. I received word of this airstrike from a trusted exclusive contact in Syria before it was printed by any media outlet. Below is the Facebook post I made alerting others of the attack.
According to Reuters, earlier this morning Israeli jets carried out five strikes on the depots of Hezbollah in the area close to Damascus International Airport. After the explosion, a fire broke out.
A previous airstrike took place on April 21, the Israeli aviation targeted the Syrian Army positions in the area of Khan Arnabeh in the province of Quneitra. This attack was committed when the government forces were repulsing militants’ large-scale offensive.
Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz has already commented
on this airstrike, stating that it corresponds completely with Israel’s policy to act to prevent Iran’s smuggling of advanced weapons via Syria to Hezbollah in Iran.
Under pretext of fighting the Lebanese Resistance group, Israel supports Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Moreover, according to Yournewswire.com, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that the country maintains full control over ISIS and it doesn’t pose any risk for Israel’s security.
Additionally, the Defense Minister accused
President Bashar Assad of using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun. Israel supported the U.S. missile strike on Al-Shayrat air base in Homs and Israeli President Reuven Rivlin called on other states to follow the U.S. example. The Israeli attack on Syria has already caused vehement reaction of the international community. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang stated
that China opposes the use of military force. He also urged the world community to respect the territorial integrity and the sovereignty of Syria.
Israel seems to be justifying the U.S. and its own illegal interventions in Syria, which is not aimed at fighting terrorism. Furthermore, the official Jerusalem discredits and demonizes Assad’s policy, without weighty arguments. Such actions of Israel also reduce the effectiveness of the government troops in the fight against terrorism. It’s apparent that the current Israeli authorities have chosen the escalation of the Syrian conflict instead of political settlement. By sending jets to bomb Syria, Israel negates diplomatic initiatives that advocate for the rights of Syrians in Astana and Geneva.
Sarah Abed and Firas Samuri an Independent Journalist with Inside Syria Media Center