Egypt’s Islamist Government Condemns Israeli Strikes in Syria
Explosion at what is said to be a weapons cache belonging to the Syrian airforce. (ITV)
The Islamist government in Egypt condemned the Israeli attack on Syria today saying it complicated the crisis.
Egypt condemned an Israeli attack on Syria on Sunday, saying it complicated a crisis that Cairo was trying to help resolve.
Israel carried out its second air strike in days on Syria, targeting Iranian-supplied missiles headed for Lebanon’s Hezbollah, a Western intelligence source said.
In a statement, Egypt’s presidency said the attack was a violation of international law and a threat to regional security and stability that “made the situation more complicated”.
Egypt’s Islamist leaders came to power last year after a popular uprising in 2011 and have been critical of the Syrian government’s efforts to put down an insurgency that erupted weeks after Egypt’s street revolt.
Although Egypt stood opposed to the Damascus government’s use of military force against its people, it also rejected “the attack on Syrian assets (and) the violation of Syria’s sovereignty”, the statement said.
Cairo tried last year to end the Syrian crisis through coordination with Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia, but it failed to gain traction from the start as the Saudis did not attend the negotiations.