Netanyahu to Putin: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must leave Syria

After shooting down a drone crossing in from Syria early in the morning, the Israeli Air Force attacked three Syrian Army posts on Wednesday, saying it was punishment for the drone itself, which they blamed on the military.

If Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thinking of striking a deal with Russian Federation regarding the future of Syria, he'd better think again, cautioned a senior U.S. senator.

While the Russian and Israeli leaders sat down for talks in the Kremlin, a senior Iranian envoy also headed to Moscow amid intensive Syria-focused diplomatic efforts ahead of Putin's summit in Helsinki on Monday with President Donald Trump.

"The IDF holds the Syrian regime accountable for the actions carried out in its territory and warns it from further action against Israeli forces", the Israeli army statement said.

The attack came hours after Israel's military fired a Patriot missile to knock down an unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, that strayed across Syria's ceasefire line with its neighbour.

Graham seemed to concur with Putin's assessment that the Iranians can't be easily removed at this point, and instead wants to see a strong United States military presence in Syria, too.

"In recent weeks we are prepared for the possibility of Israeli sovereignty being violated as a result of the fighting in Syria", Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said.

Russian Federation has been Syrian President Bashar Assad's key ally in the Syrian civil war.

Asked to summarise Israeli policy on Syria, Mr Keyes said: "We don't get involved in the civil war". The interception set off air raid sirens on the Golan and nearby Jordanian border.

"We are still looking into why it crossed - whether it was on a military mission and crossed on objective, or it strayed", said Lieutenant-Colonel Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman. Israel captured much of the strategic plateau in the 1967 war with Syria and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally.

Keeping a doctor's appointment in Israel, Syrian children and their mothers stepped across a tense Golan Heights border in the dead of night under the watchful gaze of Israeli soldiers.

"We gave them humanitarian assistance, they are locals, and they should not be punished for being hungry", he said.

Vanessa Coleman

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