Israel fueling Syria crisis over expansionist agenda: Analyst

Sat Apr 29, 2017 1:20PM

 

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A political analyst believes Israel has played a very negative role fueling the conflict in Syria, adding that weakening President Assad’s regime would be very beneficial for Tel Aviv because Damascus has been one of the “stumbling blocks” in the process of Israeli expansion.  

“They [the Israelis] do not really want any peaceful solution. So because of that they are using any pretext to try to destroy Hezbollah and bomb ammunition depot … but obviously it is totally against any international law and totally illegal,” Rustem Safronov told Press TV in an interview on Saturday.

The analyst’s comments came after an Israeli missile strike targeted a Syrian military base southwest of the capital Damascus on Thursday.

“All these attacks against Syrian army and against Syrian allies are very well thought and coordinated by Israelis, probably with the American cosponsors, because they do not want the regime in Syria to consolidate power and destroy the foreign terrorists,” he noted.

Israel has carried out multiple attacks on Syrian government positions since the foreign-sponsored militancy erupted in March 2011. Damascus says the raids aim to help Takfiri militants fighting against government forces.


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Sat Apr 29, 2017 5:27AM
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi
Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi

Iran has condemned Israel’s recurrent military incursions into Syrian territory as attempts to shore up the Takfiri terrorists in Syria, who are increasingly losing ground against the Arab country’s army.

Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi said on Friday that there was no doubt that the inroads were “aimed at weakening Syria’s legitimate government” and “in line with reinforcing Takfiri-Zionist terrorists, who are moved closer to annihilation and defeat in the battlegrounds every day.”

He also said that the military attacks constituted violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of an independent state, which is a member of the United Nations (UN). The raids thus flouted international laws and regulations, Qassemi said.

Israel struck an area near the International Airport in the Syrian capital, Damascus, on Thursday.

Tel Aviv has conducted many such attacks in the past. The forays, however, have increased in number since the outbreak of the foreign-backed militancy in Syria in 2011.

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On March 18, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu surprisingly admitted to a series of the attacks by the regime that had hit several targets near the ancient city of Palmyra in the central part of Syria the previous day.

He claimed the attacks had been aimed at targets belonging to the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah and said Israel would continue hitting the group. Hezbollah has been efficiently assisting Damascus in its anti-terror fight.

Qassemi said the Israeli attacks worked to upset regional and international stability and security. He asked international bodies, especially the UN, not to remain silent regarding the acts of aggression and invest all in their power in preventing their recurrence.

‘Supporting Takfiri terrorists’

Last September, an Israeli lawmaker said Israel was directly aiding the terrorist group formerly known as al-Nusra Front in Golan.

Israeli forces take part in “military training” in Syria’s Tel Aviv-occupied Golan Heights, March 22, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

In a status posted on his Facebook page and quoted by the daily Ha’aretz, Knesset member Akram Hasoon said Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, as the group is currently known, was bombing the Druze Village of Khadr with Israeli minister of military affairs Avigdor Lieberman’s support and protection.

On April 22, the website for Israel’s Channel 10 published a video in which Israel’s former minister of military affairs Moshe Ya’alon admitted to a tacit alliance with Daesh, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham’s fellow terrorist group.

The Israeli regime is also known to be providing medical treatment to the Takfiri terrorists fleeing Syria into the Israeli-occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights.


Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:14AM
Turkey blocks access to all language editions of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. (Photo by AP)
Turkey blocks access to all language editions of the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia. (Photo by AP)

A Turkish internet monitoring group says Ankara has blocked all access inside the country to the online encyclopedia Wikipedia amid the government’s ongoing post-coup crackdown.

Turkey Blocks, which calls itself an independent “digital transparency project,” said in a statement that a block on all language editions of the Wikipedia website had been detected at 8:00 a.m. (0500 GMT) on Saturday.

“The loss of availability is consistent with internet filters used to censor content in the country,” it added, noting that the latest block was after an administrative order by the Turkish authorities.

Turkey’s Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) confirmed the ban report but gave no details.

“After technical analysis and legal consideration based on the Law Nr. 5651, an administrative measure has been taken for this website Wikipedia.org,” it said.

Over the past years, Turkey has become notorious for provisionally blocking access to popular sites, including Facebook and Twitter, in the wake of major events such as mass protests or militant attacks.

Ankara has also been engaged in suppressing the media and opposition groups, who were believed to have played a role in a failed putsch on July 15, 2016, when a faction of the Turkish military declared that the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was no more in charge of the country.

Over 40,000 people have been arrested and 120,000 others sacked or suspended from a wide range of professions, including soldiers, police, teachers, and public servants, over alleged links with terrorist groups.


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