Moscow, Tehran, Nov 27 (EFE).- Russia and Iran on Monday denounced recent Israeli airstrikes on Syria’s Damascus International Airport, warning that such actions could further aggravate tensions in the Middle East.
“We regard the ongoing attacks on the territory of the Syrian Republic as a gross violation of the sovereignty of this state and the basic norms of international law. We strongly condemn Israel’s latest provocative attack on an important Syrian civilian infrastructure facility,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement.
Zakharova urged Israel to put an end to “irresponsible actions” that endanger the lives of “innocent people” in Syria.
“We are convinced that such a vicious practice is fraught with extremely dangerous consequences, especially in the context of a sharp aggravation of the situation in the zone of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the resulting increase in regional tension,” she said.
Separately, Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Nasser Kanaani accused Israel of deliberately escalating tensions in the West Asia region through attacks on Syrian territory.
“Parallel to committing war crimes and inhuman acts in the Gaza Strip, the Zionists (Israel) seek to raise tension and instigate conflict in the West Asia region by escalating attacks against the territorial integrity of Syria and targeting civilian infrastructure, including airports,” Kanaani said on social media platform X, formerly Twitter.
He warned that the Israeli regime would bear responsibility for any ensuing regional “crisis” resulting from these attacks.
On Sunday, Syria accused Israel of conducting new airstrikes on the Damascus airport, rendering the facility non-operational for the second time in the past few weeks.
Despite Syrian anti-aircraft defense systems intercepting most of the missiles, some projectiles caused material damage and disrupted air traffic at the capital’s airport.
The Damascus International Airport had only resumed operations on Saturday after a four-week closure following a previous Israeli air raid on Oct. 12.
Israel has significantly increased attacks against Syrian territory since the outbreak of the Gaza war on Oct. 7.
Since then, the military has carried out more than 20 attacks, mostly targeting Syria’s main international airports. EFEmos- jlr/bks