Israel launched 5 Air Strikes in Syria – Media Blackout
Christof Lehmann (nsnbc) : The Israeli Air Force launched five air strikes in Syria, striking targets in Damascus near the International Airport as well as targets near the Lebanese border, report Syrian military and civilian sources. Meanwhile, it appears that the anti-Syrian coalition also counts on a media blackout. The website of the official Syrian news agency SANA is currently, at the writing of this report, inaccessible.
Israeli government and military sources would neither confirm or deny that they carried out the airstrikes which violate international law. Unofficial sources report, however, that the airstrikes were launched in attempts to target Russian and Iranian produced anti-aircraft defense systems as well as Hezbollah units which are involved in combating Jabhat al-Nusrah and associated terrorist brigades near the Lebanese – Syrian border.
The General Command of the Syrian Arab Army described the airstrikes as a flagrant attack. The General Command added that the airstrikes caused material damage to targets near Damascus International Airport as well as in the town of Dimas which is located northwest of the capital, on the Damascus – Beirut Highway.
The official Syrian Arab News Agency published a statement by the Syrian government and General Command, saying:
“This aggression demonstrates Israel’s direct involvement in supporting terrorism in Syria along with well-known regional and Western countries to raise the morale of terrorist groups like Jabhat al-Nusrah.”
The Israeli airstrikes were not the first which the country launched against targets in Syria as well as in Lebanon. Although the Israeli government adamantly denies that it supports Jabhat al-Nusrah, it is a matter of public record that Israel has maintained a joint operations and intelligence room with the terrorist brigades in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan since the onset of the war on Syria, that Israel has established field hospitals for injured mercenaries in the Israeli occupied Syrian Golan and that Israel provides other, large–scale support for the internationally outlawed terrorist organization.
Shortly after the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) published reports about the Israeli airstrikes the news agency’s website became inaccessible. It is noteworthy that an eventual Israeli involvement or the involvement of agencies of other governments in “taking down” the news agencies website would constitute crimes according to international law amounting to war crimes.
Contemporary NATO as well as NATO allied and Israeli military doctrine consider absolute information and image control as essential part of warfare. The distribution of disinformation and propaganda and the silencing of media are, nonetheless, considered serious crimes according to international laws. These include, in particular, article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and UN General Assembly Resolutions 110, 381, and 819.
Resolutions 110, 381, and 819 are regulating the erection of obstacles to the free exchange of information and ideas as well as propaganda. The resolutions have been adopted in the post World War II period and are especially pertaining warfare.
CH/L – nsnbc 08.12.2014