Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said missiles likely fired by Israeli forces hit the north of the province and areas along the border with the Golan Heights.

"The IDF targeted three military posts in Syria in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel that was intercepted by the IDF earlier today", the IDF said, posting footage of the strikes.

Israel shot down the drone.

"The IDF will continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempts to hurt Israeli civilians and breaches of Israeli sovereignty".

A Syrian woman holds a baby as she walks into a checking room just after they crossed the armistice line to the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to get medical treatment in Israel, July 11, 2018.

"We are still looking into why it crossed, whether it was on a military mission and crossed on objective, or it strayed", said Lt Col Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple its ally, Syrian President Bashar Al Assad, but Moscow should encourage Iranian forces to leave Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

Israel has been on high alert as Syrian regime forces advance on the opposition and rebels in the vicinity of the Golan, which Israel took from Syria in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel has repeatedly said it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent presence in a postwar Syria.

He added that Israel expects Syria to strictly observe a 1974 deal that set out a demilitarized zone along their frontier and limited the number of forces each side can deploy within 25 kilometers (15 miles) of the zone.

"It is clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran", Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

Israel will not dismiss the possibility of future relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday.

Israel has signalled openness to eventual ties with Assad, a tacit acknowledgement that he is re-consolidating power as he routs Syria's rebels. "I very much appreciate the direct, unmediated and excellent contact that I have with the Russian president".

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