‘Israel is playing with fire’ warns Syrian Foreign Minister

The Cradle, September 2, 2022 — The airport in Damascus remained operational after Israel’s latest bombing campaign, while the airport in Aleppo is said to resume operations on 2 September

Syria’s Foreign Minister and former Permanent Envoy to the United Nations, Faysal Mikdad, has warned that Israel “is playing with fire,” in a tweet published on 1 September.

The foreign minister condemned Israel’s recent aggression and announced that “Syria will not remain silent in the face of repeated attacks, and Israel will sooner or later pay the price.”

The comments were made on Twitter, following a series of attacks on Syrian territory, the most recent one being on 31 August, targeting the international airports of Damascus and Aleppo just one hour apart.

According to reports, Israel bombed two of the country’s main airfields in pursuit of an Iranian cargo plane that landed on both airfields.

Israeli news outlet Haaretz claimed the cargo plane was an Iranian airliner that has been sanctioned by the US for alleged ties to Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Syrian Army was able to respond to the attack and reportedly downed several missiles that were fired at the airfields through its air-defense system.

Mikdad also criticized the role of the United States, arguing that it “must bear the responsibility for encouraging Israel to continue its aggression and threaten the peace and security of the region.”

The US plays an active role in the destabilization of Syria and stands accused of stealing Syria’s vital oil resources via its main proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has reported that the United States stole at least $107.1 billion worth of oil since the start of the US-sponsored war in 2011.

On 13 August, the US escorted 89 tankers filled with Syrian oil out of the country.

Meanwhile, Syria relies on Iranian fuel shipments to supply the country’s energy demands, where blackouts and electricity shortages have become the norm.

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