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Syria's UN envoy threatens to strike Tel Aviv airport should Israeli raids continue

L'ambassadeur de Syrie à l'ONU Bashar Jaafari lors d'une réunion du Conseil de sécurité de l'ONU, le 14 avril 2018 à New York
HECTOR RETAMAL (AFP)

Syria’s UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari strongly denounced IAF's military operations against Iranian targets on Syrian soil on Tuesday, on the heels of Israel's latest air raid in Syria.0

Talking to the United Nations' Security Council, the official wondered whether Syria should retaliate in kind and strike Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv.

Israeli forces carried out a series of strikes in recent days on what it said were Iranian facilities in its war-torn neighbor, after a rocket was fired on Sunday at the Golan Heights. A monitor said Tuesday 21 people, including at least 12 members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, died in the raids.

Israel has repeatedly targeted Iran and its allies in Syria, with former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eizenkot confirming just before he left his post that the IDF had carried out "hundreds of strikes" in its northern neighbor. 

The official said that should the UN fail to adopt measures to halt the strikes, Damascus would have no choice but to practice its legitimate right of self-defense, responding in kind to the Israeli strikes on Damascus International Airport.

"Isn’t time now for the UN Security council to stop the Israeli repeated aggressions on the Syrian Arab republic territories," al-Jaafari was quoted by Syria's official SANA news agency as saying.

He also slammed Israel over its "unlawful occupation" of the Golan Heights.

The strategically important plateau was captured by Israel from Syria in the 1967 six day war, and finally annexed by Israel in 1981 during Menachem Begin’s period as prime minister.

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