Keeping its steady stream of launching air raids on Syria, Israel continued its bombing runs last week after carrying out an airstrike on a convoy which Israel said was delivering Iranian weapons.
The strike occurred near Abu Kamal, a border town, destroying multiple vehicles and killing at least 10 people, The New York Times reported. Iraqi officials said the convoy was legal, and was delivering fuel that Tehran was sending to Lebanon.
Iranian state television blamed a U.S. drone attack on the fuel tankers after they crossed into Syria. Middle East Eye reported that Iran has been providing Hezbollah inside Syria with fuel.
Israel denied carrying out the airstrike. Tel Aviv insisted that the convoy was carrying weapons and ammunition,” not just the oil. Local reports indicate that Israel’s recent pounding of Damascus International Airport has forced weapon shipments to travel over land.
Russia supports Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad and has been largely quiet about these Israeli attacks. But Moscow has been getting closer with Tehran in recent months, and the working relationship it has with Israel is beginning to fray.
“Tel Aviv insists on sending clear messages to all players on Syrian soil that it will not allow the transfer of weapons in any form. It is trying to carry out its raids in the eastern regions of Syria, before reaching the west, where the Russian army is located. It takes into account that Moscow is angry with Tel Aviv for its stance on the war in Ukraine,” sources told Asharq Al-Awsat, the newspaper.
TRENDPOST: The Trends Journal has long noted that the U.S. media ignores Israeli attacks on Syria, a sovereign country, because there is a double standard. If Russia bombs Ukraine, it is presented as an attack on mankind, when Israel shells civilian infrastructure in Syria, its actually praised as effective self-defense. (See “ISRAEL KEEPS BOMBING SYRIAN AIRPORTS, KILLS MORE TROOPS,” “ILLEGALLY IN SYRIA, U.S. FORCES KILL ‘IRAN-BACKED’ FIGHTERS” and “ISRAEL: BOMBS AWAY OVER SYRIA, BUT LOOK THE OTHER WAY BECAUSE IT’S NOT UKRAINE.”)
Two Syrian soldiers were killed and three others wounded in new Israel airstrikes on Sunday, as tensions rise in the region.
Al Jazeera, citing military sources, reported that the airstrikes hit the Shayrat Airbase in Homs. Video emerged that showed Syrian air defenses intercepting some of the Israeli missiles.
There were Israel fighter jets spotted over Lebanon before the attacks. The report noted that Tel Aviv often uses Lebanese airspace to carry out these targeted attacks. Israel has conducted hundreds of similar strikes in recent years.
TRENDPOST: While the Western media continually chastises Russia for its war against Ukraine and its intent to occupy Ukraine, those who note Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian and Syrian land are denounced as being “anti-Semites.”
In the 1967 six-day war, Israel invaded and seized Palestinian territories of the West Bank, East Jerusalem, Gaza Strip, the Syrian Golan Heights, expelling some 300,000 Palestinians from their homes, while gaining stolen territory that was three and a half times its original size.
Israeli settlements are illegal under international law. They violate Article 49 of the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949 that states, “The Occupying Power shall not deport or transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.”