The Washington Post reports that Israel took it upon itself to strike an unverified target inside Syrian borders. reports are that it was a truckload of weapons headed for the countries’ shared border. Of course, Syria’s remaining allies Russia and Iran are protesting loudly;
“Those who have had harsh approaches toward the conflict in Syria must now take affective measures against this aggression by Tel Aviv and consider the security of the region,” Iran’s deputy foreign minister, Hossein Amir Abdollahian, said in a report published by the Mehr News Agency.
Iran and Hezbollah said Wednesday’s strike was proof of Assad’s longtime claim that the civil war raging in Syria is the work of outside groups, rather than rebels from inside the country.
Russia, Syria’s strongest international ally, said Moscow is taking “urgent measures to clarify the situation in all its details,” AP reported, citing a statement issued by Russia’s foreign ministry. “If this information is confirmed, we have a case of unprovoked attacks on targets in the territory of a sovereign state, which grossly violates the U.N. Charter and is unacceptable. Whatever the motives, this is not justified,” the statement said.
I’m pretty sure that the Israelis saw a threat headed their way – they haven’t sent aircraft to Syria since 2007 when they bombed a Syrian nuclear facility, so it’s not like it’s an everyday occurrence. And it’s not like the community of nations would bother to listen to Israel’s protestations if they tried to use the diplomatic approach.