Israel strikes three Syrian army positions in response to drone infiltration

Hugh Fox
July 14, 2018

But the preliminary agreement between the US and France comes ahead of two key meetings between both leaders and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Israel shot down a drone that flew in from Syria on Wednesday, the Israeli military said, while Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew to Moscow to for talks with Damascus's biggest ally about a Syrian advance near the volatile frontier.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, also traveled to Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with Putin.

Since turning the tide of Syria's civil war by intervening militarily in 2015 on Assad's behalf, Russian Federation has turned a blind eye to scores of Israeli air strikes against Iranian and Hezbollah deployments or arms transfers, while making clear it wanted Assad kept immune.

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Israel has reportedly carried out several deadly airstrikes against Iranian and Iran-backed targets in Syria.

Putin's visits with top Israeli and Iranian officials on the war on Syria highlight his efforts to act as a peace broker in Syria and the broader Middle East.

Israel usually does not claim the strikes but has long said it will not allow Iran to establish a military presence in Syria. "I stressed Israel's clear position: we are against any presence of Iran in Israel", he said.

Syrian state media reported that the Syrian air defenses in the border areas intercepted some of the Israeli missiles fired in, stopping attacks in the village of Hader, and ensuring the attack caused only material damage.

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"We were afraid in the beginning to come [because we view Israelis] as Zionists and enemies", said an anonymous Syrian mother quoted by Ynet, who then added that "it's the opposite".

Israel attacks Syrian targets, July 11, 2018.

Mr Putin and Mr Netanyahu had reportedly reached an agreement for Russian Federation to hold back Iranian-backed groups from the border before the Syrian regime began its offensive against rebels there last month.

"To our friends in Israel - be very careful making agreements with Russian Federation re Syria that affect USA interests", tweeted South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, a former Republican presidential candidate. They said a Patriot missile was used to shoot the drone down.

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However, Netanyahu does not need to travel to the Kremlin to tell Putin Jerusalem's positions.

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