Russia demands Israel unconditionally cease its ‘unacceptable’ Syria airstrikes


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Russia demands Israel unconditionally cease its ‘unacceptable’ Syria airstrikes
For second time in weeks, Moscow slams Israel for ‘violating Syrian sovereignty,’ says 2 civilians were injured in strike and severe damage caused to civilian infrastructure
By TOI staff and Agencies

Moscow on Monday condemned an alleged Israeli airstrike near a Russian stronghold in Syria over the weekend, calling Israel’s years-long air campaign in Syria “categorically unacceptable” and demanding it cease. “We strongly condemn such irresponsible actions that violate the sovereignty of Syria and the basic norms of international law, and we demand their unconditional cessation,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement.

The relatively rare daytime strike on Saturday targeted an area near the Syrian town of al-Hamidiyah, south of Tartus, which is home to Russia’s main naval base in the region. Two civilians were injured and serious damage was caused to civilian infrastructure, Moscow said. Syria has fingered Israel as responsible as well, though the IDF has yet to respond, in line with its policy of generally maintaining silence regarding specific actions in Syria. Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.