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Russia repeats call for Israeli regime to stop Syria strikes

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File photo by AP shows the seaport of Syria's coastal city of Latakia following an airstrike on December 28, 2021.

Russia’s foreign ministry repeats Moscow’s call for the Israeli regime to stop its incessant attacks on Syrian soil, underlining the geopolitical and security repercussions of the operations.

"Israel’s continuing strikes against targets inside Syria cause deep concern. They are a crude violation of Syria’s sovereignty," spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, Russia’s ITAR-TASS news agency reported.

The attacks “may trigger a sharp escalation of tensions,” she added.

Syria and the Israeli regime are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-present occupation of the Arab country’s Golan Heights.

The Israeli regime maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as one of its launchpads for attacks against Syrian soil.

The attacks started to grow significantly in scale and frequency after 2011, when Syria found itself in the grip of rampant foreign-backed terrorism.

Tel Aviv claims that its attacks target alleged supplies that are headed for the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah. On countless occasions, though, the strikes have targeted reinforcement belonging to Syria’s military and its allies.

Adding to her remarks, Zakharova noted that “Also, such actions (the Israeli attacks) pose serious risks to international passenger flights.”

The Israeli regime’s warplanes have on several occasions hidden behind passing aircraft to avoid recognition and interception by the Syrian military’s reconnaissance apparatus and defenses.

Last February, an Airbus A320 with 172 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing at the Russian-operated Hmeimim Air Base in Syria during an Israeli attack.

And back in 2018, Israel had to apologize for using a Russian Il-20 reconnaissance aircraft as a shield during an attack, causing a Syrian S-200 surface-to-air missile to shoot down the Russian aircraft, killing 15 Russian and two Syrian service members.

"Once again we are insistently calling upon the Israeli side to refrain from such use of force," Zakharova concluded.


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