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Syria mulls strike on Tel-Aviv airport as retaliatory measure

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…Landslide, flooding from dam kill 6 in central Indonesia***

The Permanent Representative of the Syrian Mission to the United Nations said that Syria is mulling over attacking Israel`s Tel Aviv airport in retaliation to the recent airstrike carried out by Israel on Damascus airport.

Furthermore, the Permanent Representative, Bashar Jaafari, called for the United Nations Security Council to take “action to stop constant Israeli attacks on Syrian territories,” according to Sputnik. Jaafari also added that Damascus was mulling over the “symmetric” strike on Tel Aviv airport as part of its right for self-defence.

The Israeli airstrikes were carried out on Monday against Iranian targets in Syria, reports CNN. Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) claimed to have struck Iranian warehouses at the Damascus airport through its strikes.

In the meantime, torrential rains that overwhelmed a dam and caused landslides killed at least six people and displaced more than 2,000 in central Indonesia, officials said Wednesday.

The dead included two infants who drowned and a man who was electrocuted after the floods began late Tuesday, said Adnan Purichta Ichsann, the chief of Gowa district in South Sulawesi.

Rescuers were still evacuating residents to shelters at a government office and mosques, Ichsann said. The national disaster agency said more than 2,000 people were in temporary shelters.

Indonesian TV and video posted on YouTube showed half submerged homes and rescuers in boats reaching people clinging to tire inner tubes in the floodwaters.

Staff at the Bili Bili dam, a rock-fill embankment, didn’t have time to provide advance warning of the water release, Ichsann said.

“Torrential rain caused a dam to be overwhelmed by water, forcing us to open it to prevent a greater danger. This is what caused flooding in some areas,” Ichsann said.

Deadly landslides and floods are a frequent occurrence during seasonal rains in Indonesia. A landslide in Sukabumi on the main island of Java earlier this month killed 32 people.

Ichsann said the death toll could rise as areas hit by landslides are waiting for heavy earthmoving equipment to join the search effort.

Several bridges were damaged by the flooding and power has been cut to the district.

The story has been corrected to show the flooded district is in South Sulawesi.

Zee News with additional report from ABC

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