Amid increasing Syrian-Israeli tensions, Damascus has threatened to resort to its right to self-defence following Israeli assaults and target Tel Aviv airport in a mirror response, unless the United Nations Security Council puts an end to Israeli operations hitting Iranians in Syria.
“Is it required to draw the attention of the war-makers in this Council (UNSC) by exercising our legitimate right to defend ourselves and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Civil Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport?” Syria’s permanent representative to the UN, Bashar al-Jaafari, wondered on January 22nd, according to Russia’s state-funded RT. Israel has recently carried out a series of airstrikes against a build-up of Iranian forces in Syria.
The Israeli military struck Iranian targets in and around Damascus, including at the city's international airport. The strikes targeted munitions depots, intelligence sites, and a training camp.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised Israel would continue to act against Iran's presence in Syria.
"We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and given explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel, as the commander of the Iranian air force has just said," said Netanyahu.
"We are acting against Iran and against the Syrian forces that abet the Iranian aggression. Whoever tries to hurt us – we hurt them. Whoever threatens to destroy us will bear the full responsibility."
Urging the UN Security Council to adopt measures to bring Israeli military targeting of Syria to a screeching halt, Jaafari accused France, Britain and the US – all permanent members of the world body – of allegedly endorsing Israel’s actions.