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Syria warns entry into Golan Heights after Israeli airstrike

May 13, 2013

The Syrian government has warned Israel that it would enter the occupied Golan Heights “whenever it wants because it’s a Syrian land,” a warning that came a week after the latest Israeli airstrike against military positions in the capital Damascus.

The comments were made by Information Minister Omran al-Zoubi on Sunday during which he said that the recent Israeli airstrike against Syria had violated the pertaining international accords. Therefore, he added, Syria has the right to behave in the Golan ” because it’s a Syrian property.”

“Golan is a Syrian Arab land and will remain so even if the Israeli army is stationing there. We have the right to enter it and go out of it whenever we want and in the way we like,” he said.

Last week, Israel carried out airstrikes against Syrian military positions in the Damascus’ suburb of Jamraya and the Qassioun Mountain. The government’s response was mild and threatened retaliation through rendering arms to the Lebanese Hezbollah militant group and allowing Syria-based Palestinian factions to wage attacks against Israel in the Golan Heights, which was taken over by Israel during 1967 war.

On Saturday, The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine- General Command (PFLP-GC) welcomed Damascus’ recent hint that it would open the Golan front for the Palestinian groups to launch attacks against Israel, according to a statement faxed to Xinhua.

The PFLP-GC stressed that it is ready to launch military operations against the “Zionist enemy,” adding that giving an access to the Golan front required a popular pressure to open all other Arab fronts, especially the Jordanian front.

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