Israeli air strikes in Syria: an act of aggression?
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?
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