Syria Claims Air Defenses Downed ‘Hostile Target’ Near Damascus

UN peacekeepers return after 4 years to Israel-occupied Golan Heights near Syria

For quiet to hold, Lieberman said, Syria must abide by a 1974 UN-monitored armistice that set up demilitarized zones on the Golan.

Israel has been blamed for previous attacks on a suspected Iranian military base in the el-Kisweh area.

A photo of what appears to be an AK-47 assault rifle and explosives found with seven Islamic State terrorists who entered Israel.

It said the new Russian posts would be handed over to the Syrian government once the situation had stabilised.

The Syrian conflict erupted in 2011 and Russian intervention in 2015 helped to turn the tide in President Bashar al-Assad's favour. The UN mission was also unable to access a refugee camp in Israel via Syria.

He said the Russian presence there was in support of United Nations peacekeepers on the Golan Heights who, he said, had suspended their activities in the area in 2012 because their safety was endangered.

During their summit in Helsinki, Russian President Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump said they were exploring ways to protect Israel from the war in Syria.

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The Israeli military would not comment on that development.

Netanyahu repeatedly traveled to Moscow and often called President Vladimir Putin to discuss the creation of a buffer zone free of Iranian forces along the border with Syria on the Golan Heights and later demanded Russian Federation would ensure Iran would withdraw from Syria completely. He said a preliminary assessment was that the infiltrators were Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants.

Syrian air defense forces at Mezzeh Military Airport say they engaged "hostile missiles" in the southwestern part of Damascus province late Thursday night local time, as reports of powerful explosions heard over the Syrian capital by numerous residents in the area, flooded social media.

"The IDF remains, on high readiness, and levels of alert for any threats - be it in the air or on the ground - and we of course remain committed to defend Israeli citizens and Israeli sovereignty", Conricus told journalists.

Rebels still control substantial territory in northern Syria, mostly along the Turkish border.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's sweeping away of rebels in southwestern Syria has anxious Israel, which believes it could allow his Iranian backers to entrench their troops close to the frontier.

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