Egypt, Arab League rap Israeli ‘attacks’ in Syria

Updated 08 May 2013
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Egypt, Arab League rap Israeli ‘attacks’ in Syria

CAIRO: Egypt yesterday condemned Israeli airstrikes on Syria, with the Arab League also demanding that the UN Security Council act to stop what it called “Israeli attacks” against the war-torn country.
The Egyptian presidency said in a statement the airstrikes “violated international law and principles that will further complicate the situation.” The raids reportedly targeted rockets destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah.
The Arab League, which like Egypt sides with rebels against Syrian President Bashar Assad, demanded the Security Council “act immediately to end Israeli attacks on Syria,” which it called a “dangerous violation of an Arab state's sovereignty.”
The presidency in Cairo affirmed “its extreme opposition” to the Syrian regime's brutal crackdown on rebel-held areas, but accused Israel of “exploiting its internal conflict”.
A senior Israeli source said an overnight aerial assault hit Iranian weapons destined for the Hezbollah, which is closely allied to the Syrian regime.
A diplomatic source in Beirut told AFP three sites were targeted — a military facility, a nearby weapons depot and an anti-aircraft unit in Sabura, west of the capital Damascus.
Syria's information minister said that Israeli air raids against three targets on the outskirts of Damascus “open the door to all possibilities.”
Omran Zoabi's comments in Damascus yesterday came after an emergency Cabinet meeting organized to respond to the new attack.
Although Zoabi did not hint at a concrete course of action, he said it was Damascus's duty to protect the state from any “domestic or foreign attack through all available means.”
Meanwhile, the commander of the Minnigh military airport in northern Syria, the scene of fierce fighting between government troops and opposition forces, has been killed, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said yesterday.
“Gen. Ali Mahmud was killed on Saturday with two of his bodyguards inside the airport, where fighting is ongoing,” Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman told AFP.
“The rebels have advanced, but they have not yet taken control” of the facility, he added.
Since the beginning of this year, rebel fighters have been trying to seize a string of northern airports, including Aleppo international airport, and the Jarrah, Kwiyres, Minnigh and Nayrab military fields.
They took Jarrah military airport on Feb. 12. Elsewhere, the Observatory reported regime air raids on the Jobar neighborhood of the capital Damascus and against the rebel-held town of Raqa.


Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

Updated 20 April 2018
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Israel drops leaflets warning Gazans not to approach border

GAZA: Israel dropped leaflets in the Gaza Strip on Friday warning Palestinians not to approach its border fence as the military braced for fresh clashes along the frontier.
Thousands of Palestinians were expected to gather along the Israel-Gaza border, as they have every Friday over the past month for mass demonstrations that have turned violent and during which Israeli forces have killed thirty-one Palestinians and wounded hundreds.
Each week, some Gazans have hurled stones and burning tires near the frontier fence, where Israeli army sharpshooters are deployed.
The soldiers have opened fire at those who come too close to the fence, drawing international criticism for the lethal tactics used.
Israel has blamed the Islamist militant group Hamas of staging riots and trying to carry out attacks.
It was the first time leaflets were dropped in the recent round of violence.
“The Hamas terror organization is taking advantage of you in order to carry out terror attacks. The IDF (Israel Defense Forces) is prepared for all scenarios. Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it,” said the leaflets scattered by Israeli aircraft in the early morning in areas along the border.
The mass protest, dubbed “The Great March of Return” — evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel — began on March 30 and is expected to culminate on May 15.