Pakistan strongly condemns Israeli attack on Iranian Embassy in Syria

Pakistan has strongly condemned the attack on the consular section of the Iranian Embassy in Damascus, Syria. Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch in a statement termed the attack an unacceptable violation of the sovereignty of Syria and undermining its stability and security. The spokesperson said the attack is a violation of international law and the UN Charter. She said attacks against diplomats or diplomatic facilities are also illegal under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961. Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said the irresponsible act of the Israeli forces is a major escalation in an already volatile region. She called on the UN Security Council to prevent Israel from its adventurism in the region and its illegal acts attacking its neighbors and targeting foreign diplomatic facilities. The spokesperson offered deepest condolences to the families of the victims and the people and the Government of Iran on behalf of Pakistan. Israeli air strikes in Syria Syria’s official news agency, SANA, said the strikes were carried out by “the Israeli enemy” and targeted the Consular Section of the Iranian Embassy in the Mezzeh neighborhood in Damascus on Monday afternoon. “At approximately 00:17 p.m. today, the Israeli enemy launched an air aggression from the direction of the occupied Syrian Golan, targeting the Iranian consulate building in Damascus,” SANA said, citing a military source as saying. “Our air defense media responded to the aggression’s missiles and shot down some of them. The aggression led to the destruction of the entire building and the martyrdom and injury of everyone inside, and work is underway to recover the bodies.” The news agency also reported that the Israeli aggression also caused major destruction to “neighboring buildings.”