Russian Federation summoned the Israeli ambassador over airstrike Syria says helped ISIS

Cornelia Mascio
Marzo 20, 2017

Russia, which backs Syria's embattled president, Bashar Assad, summoned its envoy, Gary Koren, on Friday less than 24 hours after the Israeli military action on Thursday night, according to The Times of Israel.

An Israeli army statement said "several anti-aircraft missiles" were fired following the raid but that none hit their targets.

Despite rarely previously responding to Israeli operations inside Syria, the Syrian foreign ministry said the military fired at the Israeli jets "to defend the sanctity of its territory". "The next time that the Syrian air defences fire at us, we will destroy them completely without thinking twice", he said in an interview with Israel Radio.

Addressing the flurry of Israeli attacks against Syria in recent days, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says he believes Israel is deliberately trying to help ISIS in an effort to prevent ISIS from suffering outright defeat in Syria amid growing pressure.

"Our main problem is with the transfer of advanced weapons from Syria to Lebanon".

Lieberman said he did not wish "to interfere in the Syrian civil war or provoke a confrontation with the Russians" but that Israel's security would remain his top priority.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow air defence system, Israeli media reported.

Russian Federation and Israel's arch-foe Iran has supported Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the war. The diplomatic intervention marks the first apparent fracture in the secretive deconfliction arrangement between the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, and Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, over where, when and who Israeli jets can strike in Syria. Those attacks haven't been challenged by Syria, for the most part.

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