Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Russian Federation summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria

Russian Federation summons Israeli ambassador to explain air raids in Syria

Syria's air defense force fired anti-aircraft missiles at the planes as they were returning from the mission.

An Israeli aircraft reportedly launched a strike into Syria on Sunday that left one person dead, in what appeared to be the second cross-border attack in three days as tensions between the neighbors escalated over the weekend.

No Israelis were hurt during the strikes Thursday night or from the anti-aircraft fire, according to a statement by the IDF spokesman.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and that Israel would do the same again if necessary.

Russia's foreign ministry today said that it had summoned Israel's ambassador over airstrikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

Last week Syria's army high command said Israeli jets had breached Syrian air space and attacked a military target near Palmyra, in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Islamic State.

'The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation, ' Lieberman said yesterday.

During the sortie, Israel threw its Arrow interceptor into the fray to take out what the officer said on Monday was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile.

"We have no interest in interfering in the Syrian civil war, not for nor against (President Bashar) Assad, and we have no interest in clashing with the Russians", Liberman said.

Putin is unlikely to be persuaded by Israel's entreaties to rein in one of his allies, said Eyal Zisser, a professor of political science at Tel Aviv University.

While Israel has largely avoided getting sucked into the conflict directly, it has repeatedly struck Syrian territory, particularly targeting alleged Hezbollah weapons convoys.

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