La Russie condamne la poursuite des bombardements du territoire syrien par Israël

Israeli soldiers gather next to their tanks near the border with Syria in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016. The Israeli military says it has carried out an air strike in Syria on a building used by Islamic State militants to attack Israeli forces. The overnight air strike Monday targeted an abandoned United Nations building that Israel says was used as a base by the militants. There were no immediate reports of injuries. In Sunday's clash militants affiliated with the IS group opened fire at an Israeli patrol on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights. Israeli aircraft quickly responded, killing four militants in an air strike on a machine gun-mounted vehicle. No Israeli troops were hurt, but it was a rare attempt by IS-affiliated militants to ambush Israeli forces. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Russia considers the ongoing Israeli shelling of Syrian territory unacceptable and categorically condemns the actions that violate international law, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Thursday.

“We consider it necessary to emphasize that the ongoing Israeli shelling of the Syrian territory, the violation of the basic rights of international law is categorically unacceptable and inadmissible,” she said, “We strongly condemn such irresponsible actions, which increase the number of military and civilian casualties and pose a real threat of an uncontrolled escalation of tension throughout the region.”

Zakharova noted that such attacks “lead to a decrease in the military capacity of the Syrian Armed Forces and have a negative impact on the effectiveness of efforts to combat terrorism on Syrian soil.” “We demand that the Israeli side stop this vicious and dangerous practice,” she added.

Earlier, a spokesman for the Arab Republic’s military command said that four Syrian soldiers were killed and three others were wounded in an Israeli attack on troop positions near Damascus. The Dubai-based Al-Hadath TV channel reported that five Hezbollah Shia militants, who fight on the side of the Syrian army against the terrorist groups, were also killed. The strikes targeted the area of the international airport in the south of Damascus, where arms depots and command posts of the Shia groups are located.

According to Al-Hadath, the attack was Israel’s ninth aggressive action against Syria since the beginning of the year.