Syria to UN: Israeli Strikes Will Have 'Grave Consequences'

Syrian foreign ministry calls Israeli attacks 'flagrant violations' after Israel struck three Syrian artillery cannons in response to errant rocket

Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem in Damascus, August 27, 2013
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Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem sent a letter to United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres warning of "grave consequences" to Israel's "repeated aggressive acts." Mualem's warning comes after Israel struck three Syrian artillery cannons on Saturday, responding to errant rocket fire that landed in the Israeli Golan Heights earlier in the day.

The Israeli military said that despite the fact that the rockets that landed in Israel were spillover from the country's internal civil war, the amount of rocket fire necessitated a sharp Israeli response.

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"The IDF will not tolerate any attempt to harm the sovereignty of the State of Israel and the security of its residents and views the Syrian regime as responsible for what is happening in its territory," the army said in a statement.

On Thursday, the IDF struck targets in Syria after errant fire from the country's infighting hit the Golan Heights. A projectile had earlier fallen into an open area of the northern Golan Heights, causing no injuries or damage.

A day before, Iran's military chief discussed ways to deepen cooperation with the Syrian military during a visit to Damascus, pledging to fight Israel and Sunni insurgents, Syrian state media said. 

"It is not acceptable for the Zionist regime to violate Syria anytime it wants," Baqeri, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

On Monday, Israel notified the Russian operations center in Syria that it would attack a Syrian SA-5 anti-aircraft missile battery. The attack was in response to a missile fired by the Syrian battery on Israel Air Force planes carrying out a reconnaissance run in Lebanese airspace.