Russia Condemns Israel’s 'Air Aggression' on Syria

Russia Condemns Israel’s 'Air Aggression' on Syria

TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Russia strongly condemned Israel’s "air aggression" from the Mediterranean west of Lebanon's second city Tripoli on Saturday, urging an unconditional cessation of Israeli strikes on Syria.

"Once again, we stress that ongoing Israeli strikes at the Syrian territory are categorically unacceptable. We strongly condemn such irresponsible actions, which violate Syria’s sovereignty and the basic norms of international law, and demand their unconditional cessation,"  Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Monday, Tass reported.

On July 2, Israeli warplanes fired several missiles at targets in Syria’s Tartus province, wounding two civilians and damaging civil infrastructure.

The attack was the first since new prime minister Yair Lapid took office as the head of Israel's interim regime ahead of a Nov. 1 election.

The Syrian ministry of defense said the strikes injured two civilians and caused some material damage.

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations. Analysts say the attacks are a knee-jerk effort by the regime to prop up terrorist groups which are on their last legs in the Arab country.

Quoting a military source, Syria’s state news agency SANA said the missiles were launched Saturday by Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea, west of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, at the Syrian town of al-Hamidiyah, south of Tartus.

According to SANA, “poultry farms” were targeted in the airstrike, and two civilians were hurt. Damage was also caused to the site.

Last month, the Damascus International Airport was targeted in a major attack and forced to be shuttered for two weeks.

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