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Syria condemns new Israeli raids, urges UN action

The file photo shows a view of the Syrian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Expatriates building in the capital, Damascus.

The Syrian government has condemned new Israeli airstrikes on Syrian territory, calling on the United Nations Security Council to take immediate and decisive measures to prevent the repetition of such attacks.

According to Syria’s official news agency SANA, the Israeli regime launched airstrikes on the eastern parts of Syria near the Iraqi border in the early hours of Wednesday. The strikes targeted the city of Dayr al-Zawr and the town of al-Bukamal.

In a letter to the United Nations secretary-general and the president of the Security Council later in the day, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Israeli aggression had been synchronized with the criminal practices of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against the Syrian people in Hasaka, Dayr al-Zawr, and Raqqa.

“The government of the Syrian Arab Republic, with the assistance of friendly countries and allies, affirms its determination to regain every inch of the Syrian soil and liberate it from terrorism and reconstruct what has been destroyed by terrorism,” the ministry said, SANA reported.

It called on the Security Council to assume responsibility in the framework of the UN Charter, emphasizing that the Israeli regime had to be held accountable for its crimes against the Syrian people in violation of the UN Charter and relevant Security Council resolutions, particularly Resolutions 242, 338, 350, and 497.

Separately, a senior US intelligence official said the Israeli airstrikes were carried out with intelligence provided by the United States.

The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, told the Associated Press that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the attack with Yossi Cohen, the chief of Israel’s spy agency Mossad, on Monday.

Meanwhile, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the airstrikes killed 57 people, becoming the deadliest such strikes since the conflict began in 2011.

Israel frequently carries out raids in Syria, in blatant violation of the Arab country’s national sovereignty and territorial integrity, with the aim of shoring up militant and terrorist groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The Wednesday Israeli raid occurred as protesters had gathered outside the residence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to call for his resignation over corruption and the mishandling of the COVID-19 outbreak.

Netanyahu has been indicted for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust in four corruption cases.

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