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Part 3 The Post 9/11-Era (2001–), 50 Israeli Airstrikes in Syria—2003 and 2007

Lindsay Moir

From: The Use of Force in International Law: A Case-Based Approach

Edited By: Tom Ruys, Olivier Corten, Alexandra Hofer

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2023. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 May 2024

Warfare, air — International law and international relations — International organizations — Armed attack

This contribution examines the airstrikes carried out by Israel against Syria in 2003 and in 2007. It sets out the facts and context of both operations and the legal positions of the main protagonists (Israel and Syria), as well as the reactions of third states and international organisations. It then considers questions surrounding the legality of the airstrikes against the prevailing rules of international law regulating the resort to force, before discussing the extent to which either operation might have impacted upon the development of the jus ad bellum.

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