Russia says Israel must halt ‘arbitrary’ airstrikes in Syria

Russia’s Foreign Ministry is calling on Israel to halt airstrikes on Iranian military targets on Syria, saying the attacks on Iranian military targets in the country violated international law.

“We did not change our stance related to this topic,” a ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova says at a briefing. “It is based on international law and the practice of delivering airstrikes against a sovereign state must be ruled out.”

An explosion, reportedly during Israeli airstrikes near Damascus, Syria, on January 21, 2019. (screen capture: YouTube)

“The escalation of hostilities in the region is not in line with the regional interests of the Middle East states including Israel,” she says.

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