Israeli air strikes in Syria: an act of aggression?

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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 12:02

Reports started coming out of Syria in early December that Israel had carried out two air strikes near the capital Damascus.

The Syrian army later released a statement claiming that bombs had exploded near Damascus international airport and the town of Dimas. With no reported casualties and a lack of confirmation from the Israeli government – there are unanswered questions about the goal of the alleged bombing.

The Israeli air force has conducted several air strikes since the start of the Syrian uprising in March 2011. According to Jim Muir, the strikes are mainly aimed at preventing weapons transfers to the militant Hezbollah movement which operates mainly from neighbouring Lebanon.

With violence an almost constant factor in the region, there are several questions that can be asked about the air strikes:

Were these bombings an act of aggression?

Do these attacks destabilize an already conflict-torn region?

Does Israel have any legal justification for these air strikes?

Image: Ramses Morales Izguierdo is a Cuban cartoonist who works for Cartoon Movement

 

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Anonymous
Peter

Very good questions and I like the way they were formulated, and I like the very nice expressive cartoon about this subject. Of course it is a severe act of aggression, and of course it will destabilise the region's peace. But there is no peace in the region, that's very clear. And still there is no reaction back, and as always Israel can do what it wants. There is no legal justification at all, but they always feel themselves threatened. Even the UN Security Council, except Russia, did not condemn this Israeli illegal act and did not give any reaction till now, it's really unbelievable. If there comes one little bomb on Israeli soil, how will the West react?

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 19:17
Anonymous
HHS Student

With no doubt; it is an act of aggression, and a flagrant violation to the Syrian sovereignty and to the UN Charter. Israel can never justify such an attack which is inconsistent with international law. This Israeli act of aggression is undermining the UN principles and going to destabilize international peace and security in the region.

Friday, December 12, 2014 - 17:33
Anonymous