Israel Fires Missile At Drone That Approached From Syria

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

Israel captured much of the Golan in a 1967 war with Syria and annexed the strategic plateau in a move not recognized internationally.

"We haven't had a problem with the Assad regime, for 40 years not a single bullet was sacked on the Golan Heights", Netanyahu told reporters as he departed Moscow. "These can clash or it can align", said the Israeli official on condition of anonymity.

David Keyes, a Netanyahu spokesman, denied that the prime minister made that statement to Putin. Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan.

Israel did not comment on this bombing, but it was believed that their air force was targeting the T-4 Airport's barracks because of an alleged Iranian military presence. Russia, another key ally of Assad, has said it is unrealistic to expect Iran to fully withdraw from the country.

The Israeli Defence Force tweeted early on Thursday morning to confirm they had targeted "three military posts" in Syria earlier that evening. The interception set off sirens on the Golan and nearby Jordanian border.

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"We were afraid in the beginning to come [because we view Israelis] as Zionists and enemies", said an anonymous Syrian mother quoted by Ynet, who then added that "it's the opposite". They said a Patriot missile was used to shoot the drone down. That has raised Israeli concerns that he may try to deploy troops there in defiance of a 1974 United Nations demilitarization accord on the Golan.

But he said Moscow should encourage any Iranian forces in the area to leave.

Israel has its red lines inside Syria. Netanyahu's government has made clear it would not now cede the Golan and has been lobbying for US recognition of Israel's claim of sovereignty there. The Israel Air Force shot it down with a Patriot missile, sending parts of the UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) falling into the waters of the lake, also known as the Sea of Galilee.

Rami Abdel Rahman, head of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, said that a missile bombardment killed an unspecified number of "Iranian and pro-regime fighters" at the T-4 base and was "likely to be Israeli".

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