- The conflict between Israel and Syria goes back to the Six-Day War in 1967, in which Israel seized the Golan Heights from Syria, which it has occupied since then.
- In 1973, Syrian forces made an unsuccessful bid to recapture the area during the Yom Kippur War. Although a ceasefire agreement was reached in 1974, most of the Golan Heights remains under Israeli control.
- In 1981, Israel passed the Golan Heights Law, extending its “laws, jurisdiction and administration” to the area and effectively annexing it.
- Israel and Syria’s long-standing conflict escalated after the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011.
- Iran, which denies Israel’s right to exist, emerged as a key player in the conflict and has been providing weapons, money, and fighters to support the Syrian President’s regime.
- Israel has been accused of carrying out targeted strikes in Syria in recent years, although it does not acknowledge them.
- India maintains a balanced position in the Syrian-Israeli conflict and has urged all parties to exercise restraint and resolve their differences peacefully through negotiations.
- India has consistently supported the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria and called for an end to external interference in its internal affairs.
- Israel hit multiple military targets in Syria in response to six rockets fired into territory it controls overnight.
- The Israeli Air Force said fighter jets and a drone hit the rocket launchers as well as a Syrian military compound, radar systems and artillery positions. Syria said the strikes caused material damage.
- From an international perspective, the Syrian conflict is seen as a proxy war between major powers such as the US, Russia, and Iran, each supporting different sides in the conflict. The situation in Syria remains complex and unresolved, with no clear path to peace.
- The conflict could also have security implications for India, as extremist groups in the region could exploit the situation to further their agenda.
- India has a significant Muslim population, and any escalation of the conflict could lead to sectarian tensions within the country.
Content contributed by- Jeffrey V