News ID: 261859
Published: 1216 GMT November 20, 2019

Russia slams Israel’s Syria strikes as ‘very wrong’

Russia slams Israel’s Syria strikes as ‘very wrong’
Mikhail Bogdanov

Russia denounced Israel’s latest aerial assaults on Syria as a “wrong” move that will exacerbate tensions.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that his country had contacted its allies about the Israeli attacks on Damascus suburbs, Press TV reported.

“We will look into the circumstances. All this is very wrong,” he said. “It merely causes an unnecessary escalation of tensions.”

At the request of Damascus, Russia, along with Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, has been assisting Syrian armed forces in their battles against terrorist groups in the Arab country, many of which have the support of Israel.

Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of both the occupied Golan Heights, and Marjaayoun area in Lebanon targeting the outskirts of Damascus in the early hours of Wednesday, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

It also quoted a military source as saying that Syrian air defenses had managed to foil the aggression by intercepting the “hostile missiles” and downing most of them before they reached their targets.

SANA also reported that the strikes had killed two civilians in the town of Sa’sa’, southwest of Damascus, and injured several others, including a girl in a residential building in the suburb of Qudsaya, west of the Syrian capital.

However, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 11, adding that the Mezzeh airbase, in western Damascus, was among the targets of the Israeli air raids.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military confirmed it had attacked dozens of targets inside Syria.

It further claimed that the strikes came in response to a rocket attack on the northern parts of the Israeli-occupied territories on Tuesday.

Israel frequently attacks military targets inside Syria in what is considered as an attempt to prop up foreign-backed terrorist groups that have been suffering heavy defeats against Syrian government forces.

The Damascus government has several times complained to the UN about Israel’s illegal strikes on Syria.

Last year, similar Israeli raids led to the downing of Russian aircraft off a Syrian coast, killing over a dozen Russian servicemen and sparking some of the worst tensions in Moscow-Tel Aviv ties.


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