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In Damascus, Iran FM says Israel seeks to destabilize Syria with alleged strike


Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian on Saturday condemned an alleged Israeli airstrike on Syria earlier in the day, making the comments shortly after arriving in Damascus.

Amir-Abdollahian made a statement on the strike at the start of a visit to the Syrian capital, where he was to discuss mutual relations and regional affairs with senior Syrian officials.

“We strongly condemn the actions of the Zionist regime and their encroachment on the territorial integrity of Syria,” Amir-Abdollahian said, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

“With the sanctions applied against the Syrian people and the resistance, the Zionists seek to destabilize and aggravate the problems of the Syrian people,” he said.

Syria said on Saturday that Israel carried out a rare daytime airstrike in the south of the country, injuring two people.

There was no comment from the Israel Defense Forces on the alleged strike, in keeping with their policy of not generally commenting on specific actions in Syria.

A structure is damaged following an airstrike attributed to Israel in al-Hamidiyah, Syria on July 2, 2022. (Social media)

Israel has staged hundreds of strikes on targets in Syria over the years, but rarely acknowledges or discusses such operations.

Israel has said in the past that it has targeted Iran-allied militia bases, such as the Lebanese Hezbollah group which has fighters deployed in Syria, as well as arms shipments believed to be destined for various proxies in the region.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based opposition group whose funding is unclear, said Saturday’s strike targeted weapons en route to the Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon . The allegation has not been confirmed by any other organization.

Citing a military source, Syria’s official SANA news agency said the missiles were launched by Israeli fighter jets over the Mediterranean Sea west of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on Saturday. , on the Syrian town of al-Hamidiyah, south of Tartous.

While alleged Israeli attacks in Syria usually take place under cover of darkness, Saturday’s alleged strike was carried out around 6:30 a.m. during daylight hours.

According to SANA, “poultry farms” were targeted by the airstrike and two civilians were injured. Their terms were not immediately clear. Damage was also caused to the site.

Syria often claims the targets of Israeli strikes as non-military.

Video footage released by SANA showed rubble at what it said was the site of the targeted facility.

Saturday’s strike marked the first such raid attributed to Israel under Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who took office Friday morning.

Israeli strikes have continued in Syrian airspace, largely controlled by Russia, even as ties with Moscow have soured in recent months. Israel has found itself at odds with Russia as it has increasingly backed Ukraine while seeking to maintain freedom of movement in Syrian skies.

The last strike in Syria attributed to Israel dates back to June 10, when Damascus International Airport was the target of a major attack and forced to close for two weeks, following accusations by Israel that Iran is said to have smuggled weapons to the Lebanese terrorist group Hezbollah, via civilian flights to Syria.

Emanuel Fabian contributed to this report.

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