Syria Complains to UN Over Israel Attack, Threatens Retaliation

US Warns Syria After Attack

by Jason Ditz, January 31, 2013

The Syrian Foreign Ministry has sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon complaining about yesterday’s Israeli air strike against them and expressing his sense that Syria has a “right to defend itself, its territory and sovereignty” from such strikes.

Ban issued a statement expressing concern about the strike and urging all sides to avoid escalation and respect one another’s territorial integrity. Israel has yet to officially comment on the attack, though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has hinted at more strikes in the future.

The Obama Administration, for its part, issued a statement warning Syria in the wake of the attacks, cautioning them against “further destabilizing the region” with weapons transfers. US officials claimed Israel was attacking a weapons convoy, though Syrian officials say the strike actually targeted a building.

Syria is highly unlikely to launch any actual retaliatory strikes against Israel unless they continue to launch more attacks. It is more likely, in the midst of their ongoing civil war that they will try to use the strike to foster sympathy, and to forward claims that the strike, and the rebellion, are part of a broader Western effort for regime change.

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