Jerusalem, Jan 23: Syria’s envoy to the United Nations warned on Tuesday that if the world body did not halt Israeli strikes on his country, Syria would retaliate with an attack on Ben Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv.
Speaking at the UN Security Council after a series of IAF airstikes on Sunday and Monday, Bashar Jaafari said Israel was only able to act freely in Syria because it had the backing of the US, UK and France in the Security Council.
Syrian News Agency SANA reported that Jaafari made the comments during a UN Security Council meeting on the situation in the Middle East.
"The aggression of the Israeli enemy against Syria would not have been carried out without the unlimited support provided by UN member states," he said referring to France, Britain and the US. "If [the] UN Security Council don't adopt measures to stop Israel's repeated aggression in Syria, Syria will practice its legitimate right of self-defence and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport, reports The Jerusalem Post.
Jaafari also argued against Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights, claiming that Israel's attempts to achieve its recognition were destined to fail and would not affect Syria's right to the territory.
He then went on to attack UN envoy to the Middle East Nickolay Mladenov, who he claimed "ignores the Israeli occupation and the oppression of civilians on the occupied Syrian Golan," adding that Syria fully supported the Palestinian cause.
"The continuation of occupation, settlement and the Israeli assassination of the Palestinian cause is the main reason behind the instability and lack of prosperity in the region," Jaafari said.
Jaafari also warned that "we are telling those who are trying to redraw the map of the region - Syria, which has fought an unprecedented international terror, will withstand these miserable schemes and defeat them as it has done many other times in the past."
The comments come after tensions between the two countries reached an all-time high earlier this week
The IDF attacked military targets belonging to the Iranian Quds Force in Syria, including weapons storage sites, an Iranian intelligence site and an Iranian training camp over Sunday night and Monday morning . The strikes were in response to a surface-to-surface missile that was shot at Israel by the Iranians in Syria on Sunday afternoon.
The Syrian Center for Human Rights in London reported that the number of people killed in the IDF attack had risen to at least 21. According to the report, 15 of the dead were not Syrians with 12 being identified as members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp.UNI