Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria after drone 'infiltration'

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

Syrian military air defenses have repelled an Israeli attack on the country's Quneitra province, Syrian state media report.

Syrian military positions were targeted early on Thursday after an unmanned drone entered Israeli airspace from Syria the day before.

The military issued a statement warning that it "will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians". The province borders the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. In 1981, the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) adopted the law "On the Golan Heights", which unilaterally proclaimed Israel's sovereignty over this territory.

Israel has been on high alert recently as Syrian rebels have advanced on the Golan area.

Assad's conduct in southern Syria is expected to come up in talks in Moscow on Wednesday between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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"The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions", Syrian state media cited the military source as saying on Wednesday. Damascus also repeatedly denied that the Iranian military has any significant presence in Syria, noting that only the Islamic Republic's military advisers are now present on the ground.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with Italian newspaper Il Giornale published Wednesday that Moscow hopes that Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown.

Israeli cabinet ministers threatened this week there would be fire on Syrian forces that enter the Golan buffer zone set up as part of a 1974 United Nations-monitored armistice. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

"We will discuss Syria, we will discuss Iran, we will discuss Israel's security needs", Netanyahu told reporters before departing.

Russia, whose 2015 intervention in the Syrian civil war turned the tide in Assad's favor, has largely turned a blind eye to repeated Israeli air strikes in Syria targeting suspected Iranian or Hezbollah emplacements and arms transfers.

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