Syrian truck driver on road to Damascus reportedly killed by Israeli drone

20 March, 2017, 22:17 | Author: Valerie Burke
  • IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stands next to Maj. Gen Yoel Strick at the headquarters of the Northern Command in Tzfat

Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon rejected his Syrian counterpart's assertions that Israel supports terrorist groups in Syria.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman has warned Syria that Israel would destroy its aerial defense system if Syria fired an anti-aircraft missile at Israeli aircraft again. "Israel's security is above everything else; there will be no compromise", Lieberman said on Israeli public radio on Sunday.

Damascus supports Moscow's various proposals on Syrian settlement, including on the draft constitution, Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview with Russian journalists. Israel's Arrow anti-missile defense system was launched, shooting down one of the missiles north of Jerusalem.

Russian Federation has sent a clear message to Israel that the rules of the game have changed in Syria and its freedom to act in Syrian skies is over, Syria's ambassador to the United Nations said on Sunday night.

His threat comes after Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets overnight Friday.

It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago.

Israel does not usually confirm or deny individual raids, but it was led to do so this time by the circumstances of the incident, including the firing of the Arrow, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz told AFP.

The heightened tension highlights how Russia's assistance to Assad has raised the stakes along the border with Israel.

"He is trying to change the rules".

Russian President Vladimir Putin receives Israeli ambassador Gary Koren during ceremony at Kremlin in Moscow.

The problem is that we went to Astana recently, as you know, the other delegation, the delegation of the militants, didn't join that meeting, they didn't go to Astana, and we all believe that this is the negative influence of the Turks.

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