Arab protesting Israel Syria strikes370.
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The Arab League, Lebanon and Egypt condemned Israel’s reported attacks on Syria
on Sunday. The League called for the UN Security Council to act to stop
“Israel’s aggression,” according to AFP. It said the attacks were a “dangerous
violation of an Arab state’s sovereignty.”
Following suit, the Syrian
opposition condemned the air strikes. Israel had “taken advantage” of the
conflict, the Syrian National Coalition said, AFP reported.
Coalition deeply regrets the deafening silence and powerlessness of the
international community in the face of such grievous violations of international
laws, continued by the Assad regime and taken advantage of by Israel in order to
fulfill clear objectives,” according to the report.
Mohamed Morsi’s office released a statement saying Israel was “exploiting” the
“Despite Egypt’s strong condemnation of the bloodshed in
Syria, in which the Syrian army is firing on its own citizens, we also reject
the breach of Syria’s sovereignty and the exploitation of its domestic crisis
[by Israel],” the statement read.
Cairo also denied that the Arab League
Peace Plan was amended to allow land swaps.
Egyptian Foreign Minister
Mohamed Kamel Amr said there had been no change in the 2002 plan, AFP
Michel Suleiman, Lebanon’s president, also condemned the attack
and the use of Lebanese airspace by the Israeli air force.
His office put
out a statement that “strongly condemned Israel’s aggression on Syrian sites
[which it carried out] by violating Lebanese airspace to carry out these attacks
which killed a number of civilians,” the Lebanese Daily Star
Caretaker Prime Minister Najib Mikati also condemned the
strikes stating, “[The attacks] fall within the series of continuous aerial
violations to Lebanon’s sovereignty and its threats against Lebanon,” according
to the paper.
The exception was Turkey, which did not condemn Israel
directly as Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan focused his ire on Bashar Assad
saying, “If God permits, we will see this butcher, this murderer receive his
judgment in this world...
and we will praise [God] for it,” AFP
Turkey’s Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu taunted Damascus
saying, “Why doesn’t it [Syria] throw even a pebble [at Israel]?”