Russia Calls for Restraint in Syria After Israeli Attacks

Randolph Lopez
February 11, 2018

"Israel is our closest security partner in the region and we fully support Israel's inherent right to defend itself against threats to its territory and its people".

"Security Council members must not stand idly by while Iran is instigating unsafe escalations and violating Security Council resolutions", Danon said, calling on the Council to "condemn this risky act and to put an immediate end to Iranian provocations".

Smoke rises from a missile in southwest Lebanon, which the Lebanese National News Agency says was sacked by Israel toward Syria.

During the confrontations, an Israeli F-16 fighter jet was hit , presumably by Syrian fire, resulting in the plane crashing over Israeli soil. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Russian Federation to intervene and calm tensions on the Israeli-Syrian border.

"A few minutes ago, [Israeli aircraft]...targeted the Syrian Aerial Defense System and Iranian targets in Syria", a military statement said.

Later, Syria state TV said its air defenses responded to new Israeli raids near the capital Damascus.

Earlier, Israeli military shot down an Iranian drone that infiltrated into the country early today before launching the large-scale attack inside Syria. Its goal is to keep Hizbullah and Iran out of Quneitra and away from the Israeli border.

Netanyahu said he had spoken by telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and that they agreed Israel-Russia military coordination in regard to Syria would continue.

Meanwhile, Iran's Foreign Ministry rejected as "ridiculous" reports that Israel had intercepted an Iranian drone launched from Syria, state TV reported. "Let no one make a mistake about this".

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Russia's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that Moscow, whose forces began intervening on behalf of Assad in 2015, was seriously concerned by the latest developments in Syria. Brig. Gen. Tomer Bar, second-in-command of Israel's air force, told Haaretz newspaper that these strikes were "the biggest and most significant attack the air force has conducted against Syrian air defenses" since the 1982 Lebanon War.

"The (US) Department of Defence did not participate in this military operation", Pentagon spokesman Adrian Rankine-Galloway said on Saturday.

The military called the drone infiltration a "severe and irregular violation of Israeli sovereignty" and said Iran would be held responsible for its outcome, marking a dramatic escalation in tensions along its northern border. They are both in the Rambam Hospital.

A similar event took place in October 2012, when a Hizbullah drone that flew from Lebanon flew to the south of the country and, in order to try to outwit the air force, flew over Gaza and penetrated Israel's airspace. The pro-Assad military alliance denied that any of its drones entered Israeli air space.

Lebanon also criticised the Israeli strikes, and said it would write a letter of protest to the United Nations over the use of its airspace for the raids, according to a statement from its foreign ministry.

Iran wants to dictate new red lines from Syria's perspective, by dictating a message that Israel no longer has a free pass to operate unhindered in Syria.

President Assad is growing stronger by the day but Iran and Hezbollah, who've propped him up, can not be allowed to use the country as a foothold to attack the Jewish state.

Conricus said it was intercepted well inside Israeli territory over the city of Beit Shean, near the Jordanian border.

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