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Russian Federation summons Israeli envoy following IDF strikes in Syria

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An Israeli F-15 fighter flies over a military base near Mitzpe Ramon. File pic

Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned Syria not to repeat attempts to shoot down Israeli bombers after anti-aircraft missiles were fired at Israeli planes near Palmyra on Friday (17 March). 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".

Syria accused Israel of supporting the Islamic State.

"Overnight. aircraft targeted several targets in Syria", an Israeli army statement said.

In December, Liberman told a delegation of European Union envoys that Israel will "prevent the smuggling of sophisticated weapons, military equipment and weapons of mass destruction from Syria to Hezbollah". The IDF later confirmed that the sirens were a result of Israeli airstrikes on several targets in Syria, Israel National News reports.

Russian Federation summoned its ambassador to Israel for clarifications following Israeli airstrikes in Syria.

The statement was a rare confirmation of Israel's airstrikes in Syria, where Israel bombs weapons shipments to Hezbollah, a Lebanese group linked to Iran that fights alongside the Syrian army.

Over the past five years, Israeli jets have from time-to-time struck what Israeli military analysts describe as weapons caches and convoys of arms being transferred from Syrian stockpiles to the Lebanon-based Shiite militia Hezbollah, an Iranian proxy fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. It said it shot down an anti-aircraft missile launched at its planes.

"Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it may have been led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident", Israeli global news TV channel i24 News reported on the issue. Israel views the organization as enemy militants.

"At no point was the safety of Israeli civilians or the IAF aircraft compromised", a statement from the Israel Defense Forces said.

"Syria made a dramatic shift today as it managed to discover the movements of the Israeli warplanes", Amir said, pointing out that Damascus has broken the equation with the Zionist entity.

The soldiers fired back, triggering an exchange of gunfire.

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