Russian diplomacy condemns Israeli strikes near Aleppo as “unacceptable

Russian diplomacy accused Israel on Friday of having carried out “categorically unacceptable” strikes in Syria, denouncing potentially “dangerous” consequences for the region.

“Such aggressive actions against Syria, which constitute a blatant violation of the sovereignty of this country and the fundamental norms of international law, are categorically unacceptable,” Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a statement. . “We strongly condemn these acts of armed provocation, fraught with extremely dangerous consequences in the context of a sharp deterioration of the situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict zone.”

At least 42 Syrian soldiers and Lebanese Hezbollah fighters were killed in Israeli strikes on Friday in Aleppo, in northern Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (OSDH).

Contacted by AFP, the Israeli army responded “not to comment” on these press reports. Israel has intensified its strikes in Syria since the start of the war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip, notably targeting positions of Hezbollah, an ally of the Palestinian movement, the Syrian regime and Iran, all sworn enemies of Israel. At the same time, Israel and this Lebanese movement have engaged in daily exchanges of fire along the Israeli-Lebanese border since the start of the war in the Gaza Strip, triggered by the attack carried out by Hamas on October 7 in Israel.

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