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Syria Accuses Israel and US of Supporting Islamic State Terror Group

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Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari addresses the media in New York, April 20, 2016. Photo: UN Photo / Elma Okic. – Syrian Permanent Representative to the United Nations Bashar al-Jaafari on Wednesday accused Israel of providing direct support to the Islamic State terror group in Syria during a heated session at the UN Security Council.

“The direct Israeli support to ISIL (Islamic State) through attacking Syrian army sites in Palmyra city on March 17, 2017, added fuel to the fire and made things worse,” said Jaafari, referencing a reported Israeli Air Force strike on a Hezbollah terrorist weapons convoy.

Last month, Syrian anti-aircraft missile systems were activated in response to the alleged Israeli strike and caused Israel to utilize its Arrow defense system to intercept a Syrian missile, marking its first operational use.

Jaafari also accused Israel of providing medical aid to injured al-Qaeda terrorists. Since 2013, Israel has provided medical aid to victims of the Syrian Civil War who arrive for treatment at the border in the Golan Heights.

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The Syrian ambassador also accused the US of aiding Islamic State and other terror groups, and claimed America “fabricated” the recent chemical attack on Syrian civilians to “rescue armed terrorist groups.”

“This serious aggression had been plotted long in advance inside the secret rooms of intelligence agencies of Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Doha, Ankara, Amman, Washington, London and Paris,” said Jaafari.

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