When Damascus was attacked, missiles appeared in the air. (Figure: American Federation)
Overseas Network, Jan. 23, Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Maria Zakharova said at a press conference Wednesday (23) that Israels air strikes on Syria must end, or it may trigger a new round of tension in the Middle East.
According to Tass News Agency, Zaharova commented on Israels recent attack on Syria, saying that an unauthorized strike against a sovereign state must stop. We do not believe that it is in the long-term national interest of any Middle East country, including Israel, to provoke hostility in the region, Zaharova stressed. We should prevent Syria, which has suffered a long period of armed conflict, from becoming a battlefield for resolving geopolitical differences. Zaharova called on Israel to consider the serious consequences of triggering a new round of tension in the Middle East.
On January 20, Syrias state-run narrative news agency reported that Syrian air defense organizations had repelled Israeli air strikes on the southern part of the country. On the same day, Israel announced that it had intercepted a rocket that was fired at the Golan Heights. The next day, the Russian Ministry of Defense said that four Syrian troops were killed in the air raid, six others were injured and Damascus airport was damaged to varying degrees. Meanwhile, Syrias air defense system destroyed more than 30 Israeli missiles.
For the attack, Israel made it clear that its target was Iranian troops stationed in Syria, and warned Damascus not to retaliate. As early as January 13, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu said Tel Aviv was ready to intensify attacks on Iranian facilities in Syria to prevent Tehran from militarizing in Syria. Netanyahu also said that if necessary, Israel will intensify its efforts in Syria.
Source: Overseas Network Responsible Editor: Yang Yi_NBJ10647