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Syria: Israeli warplanes strike targets in Syria

IAF Jets Evade Missiles While Conducting Airstrike in Syria Syria claims to have shot down an Israeli jet
Saul Franklin | 20 March, 2017, 00:44

Multiple sources in Syria say alleged Syrian Air Defense Commander Yasser al-Sayyed was assassinated Sunday in a vehicle bombing on the road between Khan Arnava in Quneitra to Damascus.

According to reports on Syrian opposition websites, Assayed was a senior officer in country's air defense system.

Hezbollah's Secretary-General also addressed the Syrian civil war, saying: "After six years of war in Syria, the countries and worldwide forces that devised the plot against Syria are faced with the bloody reality, which is a disappointment and a failure". Arab media reported that the target of Israel's strikes was a Hezbollah weapons convoy heading toward Lebanon.

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It is the first time in recent years that Moscow has summoned Israel's envoy over a strike in Syria, and it comes one week after Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited Russian President Vladimir Putin to reaffirm coordination between the Israeli and Russian militaries over Syria.

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Damascus claimed one of the jets was shot down in Israeli-controlled territory and another was hit - a claim the Israeli military denied, saying none of the jets had been hit.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Friday confirmed its first operational use of the advanced Arrow missile defense system, which it said was used to shoot down a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that was sacked at an Israeli jet.

The Israel Defense Forces refused to comment on the reports. "When we identify attempts to transfer advanced weapons to Hezbollah and we have intelligence and it is operationally feasible, we act to prevent it", he said. Air force officials said the jets were attacked three Syrian surface-to-air missiles, one of which was intercepted by the Israeli Aerial Defence System known as "Arrow". The group is sworn to Israel's destruction, and fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006.

"The Syrians must understand that they are held responsible for these arms transfers to Hezbollah and that if they continue to allow them then we will do what we have to do". Iran claims Hezbollah are fighting Isis, but Israel is concerned that advanced weaponry may be used against it.

"The place of enemy armies is being taken by terror organizations and new threats", Eisenkot said at the change of command ceremony for the army's GOC Northern Command.

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