The Syrian government and opposition condemn the Israeli air raid on a Syrian target

The Syrian opposition warned Israel that the Syrian people will always consider it our main strategic enemy, and promised to prevent Israel from repeating this act.


Both the Syrian government and opposition condemned the Israeli air raid against a Syrian target inside the Syrian territories.


The Syrian opposition warned Israel that the Syrian people will always consider it our main strategic enemy, and promised to prevent Israel from repeating this act.


The Syrian regime sent a letter to the U.N. Secretary-General stressing the country's "right to defend itself, its territory and sovereignty" and holding Israel and its supporters accountable.


"Israel and those who protect it at the Security Council are fully responsible for the repercussions of this aggression," the letter from Syria's Foreign Ministry said.


The attack has inflamed regional tensions already running high over Syria's 22-month-old revolution in Syria.


The Syrian military denied there was any weapons convoy and said low-flying Israeli jets had crossed into their country over the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to bomb a scientific research center near Damascus.


It said the target was in the area of Jamraya, northwest of Damascus and about 15 kilometers (10 miles) from the Lebanese border.


Syrian Minister of Defense told The Associated Press by telephone from Turkey that the site they said was targeted is a "major and well-known" center to develop weapons known as the Scientific Research Center.


Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon Ali Abdul-Karim Ali threatened retribution for the Israeli airstrike, saying Damascus "has the option and the capacity to surprise in retaliation."


The Syrian Foreign Ministry summoned Major-General Iqbal Singh Singha, the head of mission and force commander for United Nations Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) on the Golan Heights, to complain about the Israeli violation.


The Syrian opposition also condemned the attack and criticized the regime for failing to defend the Syrian territories.


The Syrian National Coalition issued a statement in which it said that “that was not the first time that the Israeli air force violates the Syrian sovereignty under the very eyes of those who are supposed to protect this sovereignty; neither is it the first time that the Israeli air force shells  targets inside the Syrian territories. The Israelis have become accustomed to hearing condemnations and strong statements which are no more that media bubbles that soon fade away, such as “we keep our right to retaliate,” or “all means of retaliation are possible…”


It added that the “tragedy that has gone beyond all imagination is that while the Israeli jets were bombing the target site, the regime’s jets and helicopters were busy shelling villagers’’ houses and turning children onto corps. Those who could see both bombing could not differentiate between them.”


The National Coalition not only condemned the “repeated violations to the Syrian airs,” but also “promises the Syrian people that it would work hard to prevent such violations via all political and diplomatic means, as well as preparing the means to deter such hostilities in future, in a practical way and not only through empty statements.”


The Syrian coordination Commission, the other major opposition group, said in a statement that “strongly condemns this flagrant Israeli attack on Syria and Syria's sovereignty. We demand all responsible international bodies, particularly the UN Security Council, to condemn the Israeli aggression on Syria, we also demand that they take the necessary measures to restrict Israel from repeating such actions. We demand that the Syrian government retaliate immediately to this assault.”


The statement warned “Israel, and all those supporting it, that the Syrian people will always consider it our main strategic enemy, and that in the future democratic Syria assaults on our sovereignty will not go without a response. Israeli aggression will face resistance.”


Building the Syrian State Current also condemned the air raid, and reminded that “the regime which persists on hemorrhaging its power confronting its own people instead of protecting the national sovereignty has opened the gate wide for all those who want evil for Syria.






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