Russian Federation concerned by attacks in Syria, calls for restraint - ministry

Russian Federation concerned by attacks in Syria, calls for restraint - ministry

Israel struck targets inside Syria on Saturday after intercepting what it said was an Iranian drone entering its airspace from Syria, which it labelled an "attack".

Russia, a key player in the conflict and one with a large say over Syrian airspace, also called for Syria's sovereignty to be respected. "We can not confirm this report on the drone because Israelis are liars ... if Syrians confirm it, Iran will confirm it as well", said Salami, according to a Reuters translation.

"The Syrians are playing with fire when they allow the Iranians to attack Israel from their soil", said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a spokesman for the Israeli military, in a statement.

The Saturday statement on Central Military Media, which is allied with the Syrian military, called a subsequent Israeli attack on a drone station in 's central Homs province a "terrorist act", warning of "a tough and serious response". -Gen. (ret.) Yossi Kuperwasser, the former director-general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs and the former head of the IDF's Intelligence Research and Assessment Division, and now a Senior Fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, said on a conference call held by The Israel Project on Saturday.

Iran's involvement in Syria in support of President Bashar Assad in a almost seven-year-old civil war - including the deployment of Iran-backed forces near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights - has alarmed Israel, which has said it would counter any threat.

Russian Federation has expressed concern and called for calm after Israeli missile strikes struck 12 Syrian and Iranian targets in Syria, including an aerial defence system.

Hizbollah said in a statement: "Today's developments mean the old equations have categorically ended".

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At four o'clock in the morning, an Israeli Apache helicopter intercepted an Iranian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) originating from an airfield near Palmyra, Syria. The relations are all the more strained as three enemies of Israel operate on the Syrian theater: the regime itself, Hezbollah and Iran.

"This is a severe attack and a breach of Israeli sovereignty perpetrated by Iran". The military said that attack caused material damage.

In Damascus, the official Sana news agency claimed that the DCA had repulsed Israeli planes and hit "more than one", reporting raids on military installations near Damascus in the center and south of the country.

At approximately 4.30 am, local time, Israeli forces sighted a drone being launched from a site within Syria.

The IDF also confirmed with Xinhua that one Israeli F-16 fighter was hit and crashed, and the pilots were forced to abandon the fighter. It said the bases are used by both Iranian and Russian military personnel deployed in support of the regime.

The army said anti-aircraft missiles were fired toward Israel during the airstrike, triggering rocket sirens to sound in the Golan Heights and northern Israel.

The pilots of an F16 abandoned in flight their aircraft that crashed in the region of the Jezreel Valley (north).

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