Published: Mon, March 20, 2017
Global Media | By Meredith Barber

Russian Federation summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria

Russian Federation summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon rejected his Syrian counterpart's assertions that Israel supports terrorist groups in Syria.

Syrian state news agency Sana said four Israeli jets carried out strikes near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. Israeli officials did not comment on the earlier report either. It said he was based in Golan.

"Our main problem is with the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon". Syria claims their missiles downed one Israeli jet and hit another, which Israel rejected as "absolutely untrue".

Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it was led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident, including the firing of the Arrow, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP.

"The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Lieberman said on Israeli public radio. Israel opposes Assad but has sought to avoid being dragged into the conflict.

Damascus supports Moscow's various proposals on Syrian settlement, including on the draft constitution, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists. Those attacks haven't been challenged by Syria, for the most part.

A Syrian man was killed when the truck he was driving in the Quneitra region of the Golan Heights on the road to Damascus allegedly was sacked on by an Israeli drone, Syrian media is reporting. This month, Netanyahu traveled to Moscow to try to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iran shouldn't be strengthened by the war.

"No one knows what we are doing", he said.

His remarks come after Israeli warplanes had attacked several targets in Syria overnight on Thursday.

"We need to ask: Will Russia accept the continuation of Israeli activity in Syria, or will it decide to put an end to it?" he said.

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