Countless Syrians have staged protests across various cities US President Donald Trump’s formal recognition of Israel’s sovereignty over the occupied Golan Heights, a movement which has sparked international concern and a call for”immunity” out of Lebanon’s Hezbollah.
Men and women taking atomic and Palestinian flags and banners reading”Golan is Allied” marched through the southern town of Sweida at Syria on Tuesday, according to state-run SANA news agency, as Imad Sara, the nation’s information ministry, called for a”strong response” and at a rally in Damascus.
Protests also took place in southern Daraa, about 20 kilometres from the Golan Heights, and also at northern Aleppo, as well as Homs and Hama at the country’s centre.
“We are here to condemn Trump’s Golan conclusion,” said Mohammad Shaaban, a protester at Aleppo. “The Golan is both Arab and Syrian whether they enjoy it or not.”
Trump’s move on Monday forced the US the first state to recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan, that had been captured from Syria at a 1967 warfare and considered by the remainder of the global community as occupied territory.
Syria has called the move “blatant aggression”.
Amid growing condemnation, including from a number of US’s European allies, the former chief of Hezbollah stated the decision demonstrates”resistance, resistance, and immunity” was the sole method to retake lands occupied by Israel.
In a televised address on Tuesday, Hassan Nasrallah described Trump’s move as”a crucial turning point in the background of the Arab-Israeli battle”, which”buys a knockout punch” to peace in the area.
|Syrians demonstration in the northern city of Aleppo against the US’ decision to recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights [George Ourfalian/ AFP]|
Hezbollah, the only side not to have disarmed after Lebanon’s 1975-1990 civil warfare ) is credited to expelling Israel in the south east of the country at 2000.
The team is a key backer of President Bashar al Assad at Syria, in which its own fighters have aided Damascus obtain ground against rebels and other armed groups during the nation’s eight-year civil war.
Nasrallah stated it had been the muted response of Arab nations to Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel a year ago that had invited a similar declaration on the Golan.
“Therefore we must anticipate, and I tell this to the Arab and Muslim individuals and in particular our Palestinian brotherswe should anticipate that after a while Trump comes out and says he is supportive of the Israeli sovereignty over the West Bank as well,” he warned.
Meanwhile, the ambassadors in the five EU members of the UN Security Council France, Germany, Britain, Poland and Belgium – issued a joint statement saying they don’t recognise Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights.
“Annexation of land by force is illegal under federal legislation,” and some other unilateral border changes move against”the rules-based international order and the UN Charter,” they said.
“We increase our strong concerns about wider consequences of recognizing illegal annexation and about the wider regional impacts,” they stated.
All five states are close US allies.