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Syria to UNSC: Israeli aerial acts of aggression violate intl. law

The photo shows Syrian air defenses intercepting an Israeli missile in the skies. (SANA news agency)

Syria’s permanent representative to the United Nations has denounced Israeli aerial assaults on Syrian territories as a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law and Security Council resolutions that urge respect for the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Speaking on Wednesday at a UN Security Council briefing on the situation in the Middle East, Bassam Sabbagh said the repeated Israeli aggressions against Syria consolidate the policies of the occupying entity, which is practicing “state terrorism” and supporting terrorist groups.

Syria, he added, has notified the Security Council and UN chief of the details of the Israeli airstrikes and the threat they pose to regional security and stability.

Sabbagh also said that in less than a year, the Tel Aviv regime has conducted more than 50 acts of aggression on Syria, killing a large number of civilians and destroying their properties.

Israel mostly keeps quiet about the attacks on Syrian territories which many view as knee-jerk reaction to the Syrian government’s increasing success in its counter-terrorism battle.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Syrian ambassador to the UN complained about systematic Israeli violations against residents of the Golan Heights and renewed a call on the international community to put pressure on the regime to immediately open the Quneitra crossing that links the Israeli-occupied area with the rest of Syria.

Israel seized Golan from Syria in the closing stages of its 1967 Six-Day War with Arab countries, which also saw the regime occupy the Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East al-Quds and the Gaza Strip.

Tel Aviv unilaterally annexed the Golan Heights in 1981 in a move not recognized internationally.

Syria has repeatedly reaffirmed its sovereignty over Golan, saying the territory must be completely restored to its control.

Back in 2019, former US president Donald Trump signed a decree recognizing Israeli “sovereignty” over the occupied Golan.

“The Israeli occupation authorities continue attempts of consolidating occupation of Syrian Golan in an unprecedented challenge to the international will and the relevant resolutions of the UN and Security Council, in particular 242, 338 and 497, through escalating settlement [activities] on remains of the Syrian villages and territories destroyed by this occupation, seizing lands of Golan’s citizens and establishing settlement schemes,” Sabbagh said, citing a plan by the Tel Aviv regime to set up huge wind turbines on an area equal to one fifth of the agricultural farmlands remaining to Golan citizens.

He reiterated Syria’s adherence to the Palestinian people’s cause against the decades-long Israeli occupation.

Syria supports the Palestinian’s right to establish a sovereign state on their whole territory with al-Quds as its capital and the right of refugees to return to their homeland based on UN General Assembly Resolution 194.

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