Russia: Israel behind Attack on PIJ Official in Damascus

The Russian Foreign Ministry revealed details of four alleged Israeli strikes in Syria, including the attack against the home of senior Islamic Jihad official Akram al-Ajouri in the capital

The damaged building in the Mezzeh area of Damascus targeted by the strikes attributed to Israel (Photo: AP)

Russia’s Foreign Ministry revealed information about four alleged IDF attacks in Syria in the past ten days, accusing Israel of violating the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and other states in the region.

“Israeli actions add tension and increase the conflict potential of the situation around Syria, and are contrary to efforts to normalize the situation and achieve stability in Syria, including a political settlement in this country,” the ministry said in a statement.

According to Russia, Israel was behind the November 12 attack on the home of senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad official Akram al-Ajouri in the Mezzeh neighborhood of Damascus. Ajouri survived the strike, which reportedly killed his son and another person and left ten others wounded.

The attack “killed and wounded Syrian civilians and caused significant damage to property and buildings,” the Russians said.

The Russian Foreign Ministry also accused Israel of violating the airspace of Iraq and Jordan in the November 18 attack against targets in the area of Albukamal near the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The next day, four rockets were fired from Syria at northern Israel and intercepted by the Iron Dome air defense system. Shortly afterward, explosions were reportedly heard near the Damascus airport after “rockets were fired at targets 18km south of the Syrian capital, allegedly in response to the shelling of the Golan Heights from the Syrian side,” the ministry said.

On Wednesday, the Russians added, Israeli aircraft fired some 40 cruise missiles at targets in the Damascus suburbs.

“At least 10 Syrian soldiers and civilians were killed or injured,” Russia said, adding that “these events have caused great concern and indignation in Moscow.”

 

[Sources: Ynet, The Jerusalem Post]