Friday, 16 November, 2018

Israel strikes military positions in Golan Heights

Israeli soldiers at an army base in the Golan Heights look out across the border with Syria Israeli soldiers at an army base in the Golan Heights look out across the border with Syria
Patty Aguilar | 12 July, 2018, 05:53

Israel launched a Patriot interceptor missile on Wednesday at a drone spotted approaching from Syria, the second such incident in as many months, the Israeli military said.

The IDF said the Syrian drone was flown into Israel through Jordan.

The Israeli prime minister flew to Moscow yesterday to discuss what President Trump could offer President Putin in return for his help in pushing Iranian forces out of Syria.

"A few hours ago, a Syrian aircraft infiltrated Israel's airspace", he said.

Conricus said that after the drone was destroyed by a single Patriot missile, its remains landed near the Sea of Galilee.

Russian officials had no immediate comment on the meeting.

Israel says it has not taken sides in the Syrian civil war, but has bombed targets repeatedly in the war-torn country, typically weapons transfers to Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant group and regional rival, and sites affiliated with Iran.

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The drone was an intelligence-gathering aircraft and belonged to the Syrian government and its remains have already been retrieved just south of the Sea of Galilee, nearly ten kilometers (six miles) inside Israel, an army spokesman told reporters.

Netanyahu called the meeting "substantive", noting the importance of preventing misunderstandings before they occur rather than afterward.

Both the United States and Israel are concerned about Iran's growing military presence in Syria, where it has provided crucial aid to Assad's forces.

Iran is backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war, as is Russian Federation.

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".

However, the army did not clarify whether the unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted over the Golan Heights, which Israel occupied during the 1967 war with Syria.

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