Topic: Protests in Syria
BEIRUT, February 3 (RIA Novosti) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said on Sunday the Israeli air strike on a military research center near Damascus aimed at destabilizing his country.
“This aggression exposes the real role being undertaken by Israel in collaboration with hostile external powers and their tools on the Syrian land to destabilize Syria and weaken it,” state-run SANA news agency quoted Assad as saying.
The Syrian leader made the statement at the meeting with Iran's Supreme National Security Council secretary, Saeed Jalili, in Damascus, the agency said.
Earlier on Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak, said at the meeting of the world’s top diplomats in Munich the incident is proof that when "we say something, we mean it".
The Israeli air strike hit the Jamraya military research center northwest of the capital Damascus on Wednesday. Syrian state TV said two people were killed and five injured in the air strike. The building was seriously damaged.
The Syrian Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the UN Security Council earlier this week asking the organization to condemn the attack.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement it is “deeply concerned” over the incident which would constitute a violation of fundamental United Nations principles.
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- bielecBarak is a war criminal19:40, 03/02/2013This guy, Barak, has a nerve openly and officially admitting that Israel is prepared to violate international law and that Israel means it. Good, he is now on the record saying that he had deliberately, consciously, and with pre-meditation committed a war crime. Why is the International Criminal Court not acting on it, is anyone’s guess. Is the ICC infiltrated by Zionists, too?
On the sideline - SANA should stop photoshoping Assad's pictures - they have been doing it forever. It looks ridiculous and makes Assad look like an inexperienced, young pal. He should be presented as a mature politician, instead.
- jg"Why is the International Criminal Court not acting on it"16:42, 04/02/2013My guess would be that nobody has made a complaint to the UN security council for referral to the ICC. Syria could try this: "Israeli forces illegally destroyed our illegal chemical weapons facility" or perhaps "Israeli forces illegally destroyed our illegal shipment of missiles to a proscribed terrorist organisation". Of course, they would then have to provide proof of the attacks and of the alleged perpetrators.
Another difficulty is that some in the UN Security Council would like to refer the current Syrian government to the ICC, for the attacks on civilians in Syria over the last 18 months.
- jgTwo air strikes?16:31, 04/02/2013Some reports suggest that one air strike was on an alleged chemical weapons facility at Jamraya and another was on a convoy of vehicles near Syria's border with Lebanon, said to be carrying Russian-made air defence missiles for Hezbollah.
In addition to Syria, both Iran and Hezbollah have threatened Israel with consequences, which could be taken as acknowledgment that the missile convoy was intended for Hezbollah.
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