Syria asks UNSC to condemn Israeli air strike

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 11:00 hrs

Moscow, Feb 1 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Syrian foreign ministry has written to the UN Security Council asking the world body to condemn the Israeli air strikes on a military research centre near Damascus, state news agency SANA reported Friday.

The agency said the ministry in its letter requested that "UNSC issues a clear condemnation of the flagrant Israeli attack on the territories of a sovereign state and the Israeli violation of the UN Charter, the international law, the Disengagement of Forces Agreement in 1974 and the relevant UNSC resolutions".

The Syrian foreign ministry also sent an identical letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the agency added.

SANA earlier reported citing the army's general command that the strikes killed at least two people.

Western media reports said Israeli jets bombed a convoy allegedly carrying weapons destined for Shia militant group Hezbollah, which has previously fired rockets into Israel from Lebanon.

In March 2012, Israel's Haaretz daily reported that Syria had supplied Hezbollah with advanced anti-aircraft missile systems and was training operators how to use them, in a move which could threaten Israeli air supremacy in the region.

In 2007, Israel carried out an air raid on Syria, hitting what it said was intended to be a nuclear reactor site. It also destroyed an Iraqi nuclear reactor in a bombing raid in 1981.

--IANS/RIA Novosti


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