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Syria warns of ‘serious repercussions’ after Israel launches airstrike on Aleppo

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
A file picture shows Syrian air defenses intercepting Israeli missiles targeting Damascus.

Syria has warned the Israeli regime of “serious repercussions” of unrelenting military attacks against the war-torn country, saying such acts of aggression will not dissuade Syrian forces from battling Israeli-backed militant groups.

In a statement on Tuesday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Israeli regime forces late on Monday launched an aerial attack targeting positions in the al-Safirah area in the northern province of Aleppo near the Turkish border.

The attack was successfully intercepted by Syria’s air defenses, which shot down most of the missiles.

The statement added that the aerial aggression by Tel Aviv coincided with missile attacks by al-Nusra Front terrorists in parts of Aleppo and north of Hama Province lying on the banks of Orontes River.

The attacks were launched from the group’s hideouts in northwestern Idlib Province, the last major militant stronghold in the country.

The Syrian ministry warned that Tel Aviv will bear “full responsibility” of the consequences resulting from its unrelenting aggression, continued support to armed terrorist groups and occupation of Arab lands, including the occupied Syrian Golan, renewing the vows to reclaim the occupied territory.

The statement also called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to “fulfill its obligations” within the framework of the UN Charter to uphold global peace and security, denounce blatant Israeli aggression, take measures to prevent it and hold the Israeli regime responsible for its terrorist acts.

Pertinently, the Israeli regime forces have launched hundreds of airstrikes on Syria in what is widely viewed as an attempt to strengthen the militant groups, which have taken heavy blows on the battlefield against the Syrian army and its allies.

Monday’s air attack is the first since the new Israeli regime led by right-wing Naftali Bennett assumed office last month, ending the 12-year reign of Benjamin Netanyahu.

The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in a statement termed the airstrikes as a “targeted policy based on state terrorism by Israeli officials, continued support for terrorist groups and a deliberate violation of Security Council resolutions on combating terrorism.”

Eid prayers hours after attack

Hours after the latest Israeli attack was successfully thwarted, top Syrian government officials, including President Bashar al-Assad, assembled at Khaled bin al-Walid mosque in Homs for Eid al-Adha prayers.

Assad was joined by his cabinet colleagues, Syria’s top religious cleric, governor of Homs Province, a number of clergymen, members of the assembly and prominent citizens.

He took the oath of office for the fourth term on Saturday, after winning the presidential election by a massive 95% of the vote.

The elections “have proven the strength of popular legitimacy conferred on the state”, he said in his inaugural ceremony speech. “They have discredited the declarations of western officials on the legitimacy of the state.”


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