Nov 20, 2019 14:11 UTC
  •  Russia slams Israel’s Syria strikes as ‘very wrong’

Russia has denounced Israel’s latest aerial assaults on Syria as a “wrong” move that will exacerbate tensions.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said on Wednesday that his country had contacted its allies about the Israeli attacks in Damascus suburbs.

“We will look into the circumstances. All this is very wrong,” he said. “It merely causes an unnecessary escalation of tensions.”

At the request of Damascus, Russia, along with Iran and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement, has been assisting Syrian armed forces in their battles against terrorist groups in the Arab country, many of which have the support of the Israeli regime.

Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from the direction of both the occupied Golan Heights, and Marjaayoun area in Lebanon targeting the outskirts of Damascus in the early hours of Wednesday, Syria’s official SANA news agency reported.

It also quoted a military source as saying that Syrian air defenses had managed to foil the aggression by intercepting the “hostile missiles” and downing most of them before they reached their targets.

SANA further reported that the strikes had killed two civilians in the town of Saasaa, southwest of Damascus, and injured several others, including a girl in a residential building in the suburb of Qudsaya, west of the Syrian capital.

However, the so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at 11, adding that the Mezzeh airbase, in western Damascus, was among the targets of the Israeli air raids.