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Syria: Israel attacks Damascus amid quake aftermath

Russia says the Israeli strikes on Damascus violate international law.

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Syria says Israel carried out airstrikes on Damascus and surrounding areas on February 19. According to the country’s foreign affairs ministry, some targeted areas were civilian neighborhoods. The Israeli strikes resulted in at least five deaths and 15 injuries.

Syria noted the strikes came while the country deals with the effects of the earthquake. They added that they pose a threat to regional peace and security.

In their statements, both Syria and Iran said Israel and ISIS are coordinating and working together. This attack was carried out soon after ISIS attacked the Syrian city of Homs.

Syria has sent a letter to the UN chief and UNSC president asking them to condemn and deter the Israeli attacks. Iran’s foreign ministry has echoed Syria’s call for UN action in this regard.

For its part, Russia says Israel’s strike on Damascus went against international law. Its foreign ministry spokeswoman said it was unacceptable, especially when many countries, including Russia, are helping Syria overcome the consequences of the earthquake.