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Damascus: Israel's terrorist aggression against civilian infrastructure violates international law

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
The Syrian foreign ministry's building in the capital Damascus

Syria has condemned in the strongest terms the latest missile attack by the Israeli regime against the Arab country's civilian infrastructure, which temporarily put the Damascus International Airport out of service.

"Syria condemns the Israeli terrorist aggression against the civilian infrastructure,” the country's Foreign and Expatriates Ministry said on Monday in letters addressed to the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the president of the world body's Security Council, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) reported.

The ministry added that Israel's act of aggression against Syria, "violates both international law and international humanitarian law."

This came after earlier the same day, Israel launched a fresh missile strike against the Damascus airport, targeting its civilian facilities and surroundings.

A military source told the news agency that Syria’s air defenses intercepted most of the incoming missiles, which had been launched from the direction of Lake Tiberias.

Two Syrian soldiers died and two others were wounded as a result of the attack, which also inflicted material damage on the airport, disrupting its operations.

Elsewhere in its letters, the ministry said Israel's aggression on the civilian airport was nothing, but an extension of the occupying regime's crimes.

It urged the Security Council to condemn the Israeli crimes and aggression, and move immediately to punish their perpetrators.

"At the time when the world celebrates Christmas and the New year, the Israeli occupation authorities insisted on adding a new aggression to their record, which is full of acts of aggression and violations of international law,” the ministry said.

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

Israel maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as one of its launchpads for attacks against the Syrian soil. The occupying entity also frequently carries out missile strikes against targets inside Syria, using the Lebanese airspace.

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

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