Moscow: Israel must stop “arbitrary air strikes” on Syria. Khamenei takes charge of missile attacks on Israel
Syria has threatened to strike Israel's Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv unless the UN Security Council ends years of IDF incursions into Syrian airspace, according to Syria's UN Ambassador Bashar al-Jaafari.
"Isn’t time now for the UN Security Council to stop the Israeli repeated aggressions on the Syrian Arab Republic territories?" asked al-Jaafari. "Or is it required to draw the attention of the war-makers in this Council by exercising our legitimate right to defend ourself and respond to the Israeli aggression on Damascus International Civil Airport in the same way on Tel Aviv Airport?"
Israeli forces conducted several strikes in recent days on alleged Iranian facilities within Syria, including a rare daylight raid on Syria's international airport south of Damascus, which the Assad government responded ti with a surface-to-surface missile, according to the Times of Israel.
Israel's Sunday night attack involved dozens of strikes reportedly from F-16 jets flying over Lebanon targeting locations in and around southern Damascus. Syria’s Pantsir and Buk air defense missile systems reportedly shot down an unknown number of inbound Israeli rockets according to early unconfirmed video.
In total, 21 people were killed in the exchange, including at least 12 members of Iran's Revolutionary Guard, according to i24 News, citing watchdog reports.
Israeli air raids in Syria have repeatedly endangered airline flights operating over the region - endangering two civilian aircraft on Christmas day while engaging Syrian targets, according to the Russian Defense Ministry, which added that the IDF F-16s approached as civilian jets were landing at Damascus and Beirut airports.