Lebanon, Syria warns of regional war by Israeli attack

09:16, June 01, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri said Monday that Israel's attack on a flotilla of aid bound for Gaza threatens to ignite a war in the region.

The two sides made a joint statement after Hariri's pre-planned visit to Damascus on Monday, saying that they strongly condemn the heinous crime committed by Israel through the brutal attack on unarmed civilians on board of the Freedom Flotilla carrying relief supplies and humanitarian aid to the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.

The statement warned that Israeli violations of basic humanitarian norms and international laws threaten to plunge the Middle East into a war which will not only affect the region.

Talks between Assad and Hariri tackled the growing development of the bilateral relations and the high-level coordination between the two countries. Assad asserted Syria's support for Lebanon against the continuous Israeli threats.

Israel's navy on Monday morning attacked the flotilla, made up of six boats carrying some 700 pro-Palestinian activists and 10, 000 tons of humanitarian aid bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip with 19 civilians dead.

Later, Hariri had a phone conversation on Monday with the Turkish President Abdullah Gul, to whom he presented his condolences for the Turkish martyrs killed on the Freedom Flotilla.

Hariri expressed his strong condemnation of this aggression, stressing Lebanon's solidarity with Turkey over the painful event. Hariri also told Gul that Lebanon, which currently chairs the Security Council, called for an urgent meeting of the Council to discuss this aggression. For the same purpose, Hariri called Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in anticipation of the United Nations Security Council meeting expected in this regard.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Lebanese, Palestinians and followers of the Lebanese Shiite movement Hezbollah demonstrated in front the UN headquarters in Downtown Beirut and other areas around the country, carrying banner saying "This is a crime against humanity" and some other anti-Israeli slogans.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • A ceremony is held in Taipei, southeast China's Taiwan, on Sept. 28, 2011, to commemorate the 2,562nd birthday of Confucius (551-479 BC), a Chinese thinker, educationist and philosopher. (Xinhua/Wu Ching-teng)
  • The world's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner for delivery arrives at Haneda airport in Tokyo, capital of Japan, on Sept. 28, 2011. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner, whose buyer is All Nippon Airways (ANA), will implement a flight of ANA on Oct. 26 from Tokyo's Narita Airport to Hong Kong in south China. (Xinhua/Ji Chunpeng)
  • A Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) fighter shows what is believed to be human jawbone found inside a mass grave near Abu Salim prison in Tripoli, Libya, Spet. 27, 2011. The NTC on Sunday said they had found a mass grave containing the bodies of 1,270 people killed by Gaddafi's security forces in a 1996 massacre at Abu Salim prison in southern Tripoli. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)
  • Rescue workers and local residents search for survivors after a building collapsed in old Delhi, India, Sept. 27, 2011. At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured when an old three-storey building collapsed. More than a dozen people are still feared trapped under the debris, police said. (Xinhua/Partha Sarkar)
  • A visitor has flying experience in the windmill castle of Jinshitan National Holiday resort in Dalian, northeast China's Liaoning Province, Sept. 27, 2011. The castle is a 23-meter-high building with 21 meters in diameter. The castle uses wind tunnel to make objects floating in the air. It is the first indoor stadium in China, which enables people to have flying experience. (Xinhua/Zhang Chunlei)
  • Forces of the Libyan National Transitional Council (NTC) shoot shells to the fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi outside Bani Walid, Libya, Sept. 27, 2011. Bani Walid is still occupied by fighters loyal to Muammar Gaddafi. (Xinhua/Hamza Turkia)
Hot Forum Discussion