BEIRUT: Syria is in solidarity with Gaza and supports all Palestinian factions against Israel, its ambassador to Lebanon said Monday.
“We defend Palestine which is the core cause of the whole nation... Syria is with Hamas, the Islamic Jihad, Fatah, and The Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine],” said Ali Abdel-Karim Ali following a meeting with Lebanon’s Foreign Minister Adnan Mansour, according to the National News Agency.
“When we stand by the Palestinian cause, we are standing by ourselves. This is the stance Syria has always declared and will continue to adopt,” said Ali.
Earlier in November, Syrian authorities raided and closed Damascus offices of Hamas leaders, amid a deepening rift with the Palestinian movement they had long supported. Hamas leaders quit the Syrian capital in January of this year.
The raids came after media reports said some Hamas fighters had joined forces with rebels fighting against the Assad regime.
“Everyone knows Syria has long supported and embraced the Palestinian factions and people. Syria has never compromised over the Palestinian cause or considered it as secondary, it has always remained at the center of our attention and a priority,” said Ali.
He added that Syria is currently being targeted due to the stances it has taken in support of the Palestinian cause. The ambassador placed Syrian and Palestinian blood in the same category and accused the West of allowing the attack against both countries.
“The Israeli enemy, with U.S. protection and European support, is enhancing the aggression against Syria and now it is seeking to do the same against the Palestinian people, which doesn’t have the means to confront Israel, under the pretext of self defense,” said Ali.
More than 90 Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza Strip since violence erupted Wednesday. The attack is considered the fiercest since 2008.