Syria has filed an official complaint to the United Nations over an Israeli airstrike on a military research center near Damascus. The move followed a threat from Iran that Israel would face “serious consequences” for the attack.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said Tel Aviv would face repercussions for the Israeli airstrike against a military research center in Jamraya, rural Damascus, the semi-official Fars news quotes him as saying.
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi condemned what he characterized as “brutal aggression” against Syria.
"There is no doubt that this aggression is part of a Western and Zionist strategy to push aside the success of the Syrian people and government to return to stability and security," Hurriyet Daily News cites him as saying.
Salehi said the strike highlights the "alignment of terrorist groups with the Zionists' objectives."
Syria has summoned the commander of The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in the Golan Heights to deliver a former protest for the Israel attack.
Damascus says the airstrike violates the 1974 disengagement agreement that established a ceasefire between the two sides.
Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali says Damascus could take "a surprise decision to respond to the aggression of the Israeli warplanes." He gave no details on when the retaliation would be, only saying the relevant authorities would be tasked with preparing for it.
"Syria is engaged in defending its sovereignty and its land," Ali continued.
The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah condemned the Israeli airstrike on Thursday, saying it was an attempt to cripple Arab military capabilities. Hezbollah further called for "wide-scale condemnation from the international community," the Jerusalem Post cites them as saying in a statement.
Hezbollah further "expressed its full solidarity with Syria's leadership, army and people."
US officials said the Israeli Air Force (IAF) Strike within Syria on Wednesday was targeting a convoy allegedly carrying anti-aircraft weaponry intended for Hezbollah. Anonymous officials also said Israel had warned the United States prior to the attack.
The Syrian military denied that any such shipment was taking place, saying Israeli warplanes flying low to avoid radar bombed the research center in a dawn raid, leaving two dead and five injured.
Syrian rebels have disputed that Israel carried out the attack, claiming their forces initiated the assault on the site.
Israeli officials and the military have refused on Thursday to confirm or deny that its war planes struck within Syrian territory.
On Thursday the Russian Foreign Ministry expressed its concern over reports of the Israeli airstrike, saying that any unprovoked attack on the territory of a sovereign state is in violation of the UN Charter.
The Jamraya research center, located some 8 miles from Syria's border with Lebanon, has been described as crucial to Syria's missile program, Middle Eastern diplomats familiar with the site told Reuters.
They also say Jamraya has a chemical weapons facility, though there are no indications that any such weapons were targeted in Wednesday's strike.
Maj. Gen. Abdul-Aziz Jassem al-Shallal, one of the most senior Syrian army officers to have defected, told The Associated Press by telephone from Turkey that no chemical or nonconventional weapons are at the site.
The Syrian government says Israeli warplanes have carried out air strikes on Wednesday in their territory.
According to the Syrian military, a scientific research facility in the outer districts of Damascus had been hit in Jamraya.
A building was destroyed, two people were killed and five wounded.
'Israeli warplanes today have violated our airspace at dawn and one of our centers for scientific research increases our defense capabilities in the field of Jamraya outside Damascus directly attacked,' a military official said, according to Syrian news agency Sana.
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Israel is fearful that al-Nusra will get the chemical weapons stores and delivery system. Or perhaps this was a cover for a group to get these and pretend an attack was by the Assad regime. Who knows? But one thing is clear; US and NATO interventions and the support of such in Libya destabilized the entire region and have caused the deaths of thousands.
And one thing is clear Jim, Israel will never again get such a peaceful neighbor as syria - think of the Golan Heights alone.
Israel has conducted airstrikes in Syria based on "suspicions" of chemical weapon transfers, in a flagrant violation of the UN Charter, international law, and in direct violation of Syria's sovereignty. The Guardian in its report titled, "Israel carries out air strike on Syria," claims:
"Israeli warplanes have attacked a target close to the Syrian-Lebanese border following several days of heightened warnings from government officials over Syria's stockpiles of weapons."
It also stated:
"Israel has publicly warned that it would take military action to prevent the Syrian regime's chemical weapons falling into the hands of Hezbollah in Lebanon or "global jihadists" fighting inside Syria. Israeli military intelligence is said to be monitoring the area round the clock via satellite for possible convoys carrying weapons."
In reality, these "global jihaidists" are in fact armed and funded by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel since at least as early as 2007.
The possibility of a takeover by radical Islamic terrorists in Syria, Israel wants to take as a reason to invade and build a 16-kilometer-deep buffer zone on Syrian territory.
An Israeli officer told a visitor to the Golan Heights, 'as long as there was a strong government in Damascus we were 40 years sure from this side.
Now no more.
We must develop a new wall and create a buffer zone to protect ourselves from mortar and to protect missile attacks.'
Salafites and Zionists together against Syrian population....
The comment comes as the Israeli military's northern command allegedly harbors plan to establish a "buffer zone" inside Syria towards the alleged aim of fending off militant attacks.
Israeli military sources have explained that the buffer zone could reach up to 10 miles (16 kilometers) in the Golan Heights -- an area Israel captured in the 1967 war -- and would, in initial stage, include two Israeli infantry brigades and a tank battalion based at outposts in Syrian territory.
Press TV has conducted an interview with Michel Chossudovsky in Montreal with the Center for Research on Globalization to further discuss the issue.
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