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Syria urges UN, Security Council to explicitly condemn Israel's aggressionson its territory

File photo shows the Syrian foreign ministry’s building in the capital Damascus.

Syria has called on the United Nations and the world body’s Security Council to condemn in clear and explicit terms the Israeli regime’s recurrent and often deadly aggressions against the country’s territory.

The Syrian Foreign and Expatriates Ministry made the request in letters addressed to the UN secretary-general and the president of the Security Council on Saturday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency, SANA, reported.

Damascus asked the UN chief and the Security Council to “issue clear and explicit condemnation” of the Israeli acts of aggression, the report said.

Israel's attacks on Syria, the letters read, constitute a deliberate and repeated violation of the sovereignty of a member state of the United Nations and pose a direct threat to the regional and international peace and security.

The ministry pointed out that the international situation in general, and in the Middle East in particular, are going through a fragile stage that do not tolerate further escalation and tensions.

"The Israeli occupation authorities are determined to adopt a dangerous and stereotypical approach that increases the level of threats to regional and international peace and security, and opens the door wide to tension, escalation and chaos in the region," the Syrian foreign ministry added.

Syria and the Israeli regime are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-to-present occupation of Syria’s Golan Heights. Israel maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as one of its launching pads for attacks against Syrian soil.

The regime's attacks on Syria started to grow significantly in scale and frequency after 2011 when the country found itself in the grips of foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

The report came only two days after an Israeli aerial assault targeted the countryside of the western Syrian cities of Tartus and Hama, injuring two civilians. Syria’s air defenses brought down most of the incoming missiles, which also caused some material damages and led to eruption of a blaze in some of the targeted areas.

The letters cited several other instances of the occupying regime’s most egregious violations of the Syrian territory, such as its attacking the Damascus International Airport on June 10, which caused the airport to go completely out of service for a period of two weeks.

The Israeli occupation is determined today more than ever to adopt a serious and aggressive escalation policy based on sabotaging infrastructures, and endangering the lives of civilians, the Syrian ministry said.

“Syria stresses on reserving the right to respond by appropriate means that [are] granted by international law and the Charter of the United Nations in the face of these repeated Israeli aggressions,” the ministry asserted.

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