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Syria's foreign ministry condemns Israeli attacks on Damascus, warns of consequences

This picture shows the aftermath of Israeli military strikes against some sites in the vicinity of Damascus, Syria, on February 9, 2022. (Photo by SANA)

Syria’s foreign ministry has strongly condemned the latest Israeli attacks on the Syrian territories that killed and injured a number of Syrian soldiers.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, the ministry said the attacks “constitute a double violation of the principles of the international law and those of the UN Charter as well as resolutions relevant to Lebanon and Syria." 

The ministry noted that international silence and the American support has emboldened the Israeli regime to keep its attacks against Syria.  

“The Syrian government is warning the rulers of the Israeli entity against the continuation of the ... blatant and reckless Israeli violations and criminal attacks, and the dangers they pose to the stability of the region and international peace and security,” the statement said.

The ministry also stressed that the “cowardly” assaults would have grave consequences for the perpetrators. 

The statement also emphasized Syria’s right to use “all legitimate means” to respond to the attacks, and to hold those behind them fully responsible for the “dangerous repercussions" of the assaults. 

Early on Wednesday, Syrian air defense units managed to intercept and bring down separate barrages of missiles launched by the Israeli military at various targets in the vicinity of Damascus.

Syria’s official news agency SANA, citing a military source, reported that several Israeli missiles were fired from the direction of the Lebanese capital city of Beirut at some targets near Damascus at 00:56 am (2256 GMT Tuesday).

The source added that a second attack was carried at about 1:10 a.m. as a number of Israeli surface-to-ground missiles coming from the direction of the occupied Golan Heights struck some sites near Damascus.

“Our aerial defenses confronted the enemy's missiles and shot some of them down,” the source noted.

SANA said one soldier was killed and five others wounded as a result of the attacks. The strikes caused some “material damage” as well.

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