International Confrontations In Syria Becoming More Intense, Frequent – UN Special Envoy
International confrontations are becoming more frequent and intense in Syria and are putting the country on a troubling path, UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said during a UN Security Council meeting on Wednesday.
“Even an incomplete picture demonstrates a troubling trajectory of an ever more frequent, ever more intense international confrontations over Syria, unprecedented since 1973,’’ De Mistura said.
De Mistura cited, for example, the airstrikes conducted by the U.S., UK and France in April against the Syrian government.
The western countries carried out the attacks in response to allegations that the Syrian government used chemical weapons, charges that Damascus firmly denies.
He also noted the exchange of airstrikes between Israeli and Iranian forces that began after Israel conducted an airstrike against Syrian government positions in late April that reportedly killed Iranian military personnel.
Syria has been in a state of civil war since 2011, with government forces fighting against numerous opposition groups and terrorist organisations.
Russia, along with Turkey and Iran, is one of the guarantor states of the Syrian ceasefire regime.
Moscow has also been assisting Damascus by providing humanitarian aid to the residents of the crisis-torn country.