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Syria: Israel’s new adventure desperate attempt to support affiliated terrorist groups

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

The Syrian government has vehemently condemned Israel’s latest act of aggression against the country’s southwestern region in the early hours of Monday, saying that it was part of Tel Aviv’s policy to support its affiliated terrorist groups in the Arab country.

The Israeli regime’s new act of aggression on Syrian soil came a day after the government forces, within the framework of an August agreement, began mop-up operations in the city of al-Harak and its surroundings in the southwestern province of Dara’a.

“That brutal aggression comes after reconciliations in Dara’a governorate were completed and following the restoration of security and safety to the region, in a desperate attempt by the Israeli occupation entity to support its tools and agents of the defeated terrorist groups,” an official source at Syria’s Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said in a statement cited by the state-run SANA news agency.

The source added that Damascus strongly condemns the flagrant aggression by the Tel Aviv regime as it would further escalate the tense situation in the region.

The official also reaffirmed Syria’s right and ability to respond to such brutal attacks and curb Israel’s aggressive approach.

The Syrian media reported on Monday that Israeli helicopters had hit three targets on the outskirts of the town of al-Baath as well as other locations in southern Syria. Two of the sites were observation posts reportedly used by the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah, while the third target was a site next to a Syrian military facility. The strikes caused “material damage,” but there was no immediate word on casualties.

The Syrian army units have over the past weeks reinforced their positions in the cities, towns and villages of the countryside of Dara’a after entering the region and raising Syria’s national flag there.

Under a truce deal brokered by Russia and reached on August 14, militants were obliged to hand over their weapons, and government forces were due to install checkpoints in nine districts of Dara’a al-Balad.

Israel frequently targets military positions inside Syria, especially those of Hezbollah’s, which has played a key role in helping the Syrian army in its fight against the foreign-backed terrorists.

The Tel Aviv regime mostly keeps quiet about its attacks on Syrian territories, which many view as knee-jerk reaction to Syrian government’s increasing success in confronting terrorism.

Israel has been a main supporter of terrorist groups that have opposed the government of President Bashar al-Assad since foreign-backed militancy erupted in Syria nine years ago.

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