Syria’s Deputy Foreign Minister and Permanent Representative of this country to the United Nations Bashar al-Ja’afari has said that the occupation of Arab territories by the Israeli regime is a serious threat to stability and security in the Middle East.
He criticized the UN Security Council for not fulfilling its responsibility to end the Israeli regime’s land grab.
In a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council on Tuesday, al-Ja’afari said the council has failed to hold Israel accountable for its hostile acts against people over the past 54 years.
He added that the Israeli authorities’ disregard for rules and resolutions has reached unprecedented levels as the regime pushes ahead with its repeated aggressions against Syria in apparent violation of Security Council Resolution 350.
“In recent days, the number of Israeli attacks against Syria has increased sharply, most recently last Friday, when the regime launched a new attack near the city of Hama, killing a couple and wounding two children and four others from the same family. Some houses of innocent civilians were also destroyed in the process,” the Syrian diplomat added.
He further criticized the arbitrary arrests of Syrians in the occupied territories of the Golan Heights by the Israeli regime, saying such action shows the regime’s crimes and human rights violations.
Al-Ja’afari called on the UN Security Council to take some measures immediately to ensure the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 497 and force the Israeli regime to stop its settlement expansion activities and oppressive actions against Syrian citizens in the occupied Golan Heights.
In 1967, the Israeli regime waged an all-out war against Arab territories, occupying a large part of the Syrian Golan Heights and annexing it four years later, a move that was never recognized by the international community.
Syria has repeatedly asserted its sovereignty over the Goolan Heights, saying the territory must be brought fully under its control.
In March 2019, during a meeting with Israeli regime Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington, former U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree recognizing the Israeli regime’s “sovereignty” over the Golan Heights.
by Basit Abbasi – CCTV