Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Israeli military says it shot down a Syrian drone

Israel 'not ruling out' eventual ties with Syria's Assad Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister
Deanna Wagner | 12 July, 2018, 05:57

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming unmanned aerial vehicle, which turned away unharmed.

FILE PHOTO: Israeli Druzes sit together watching the Syrian side of the Israel-Syria border on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, Israel July 7, 2018.

According to Netanyahu's office, the prime minister "made it clear that Israel will not tolerate a military presence by Iran or its proxies anywhere in Syria and that Syria must strictly abide by the 1974 Separation of Forces Agreement".

He said the UAV had been tracked long before it entered Israel, flying through both Jordanian and Syrian air space.

That episode triggered a massive Israeli bombardment of Iranian military installations in Syria, fueling tensions that exploded in another round of rockets and counter-strikes later in the year.

According to state-run SANA, "Syrian air forces intercepted an Israeli aggression and downed a number of missiles which were targeting T-4 airport in Homs".

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NAB teams are expected to arrest both father and daughter as soon as they arrive. Safdar's name has been added to the blacklist; he now can not leave the country.

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

Responding to a reporter's question if Israel would establish some kind of relations with Syria, Lieberman responded: "Our assessment is that we are far from that, but we do not rule out anything".

Russian Federation is Assad's big-power backer in the seven-year-old civil war.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Moscow is ready to discuss the issue of supplying Syria with the S-300 missile system.

He added that civilians in Raqqa city still die because of the ammunition and the mines left there due to the intensive shelling by warplanes of the "international coalition".

Israel has been on high alert as Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces advance on rebels near the Golan Heights and Jordan.