Israel launches air strikes on three Syria military facilities

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman leads a faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party in the Knesset

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman leads a faction meeting of his Yisrael Beytenu party in the Knesset

"It is not new for you that our focus is on Syria and Iran", Netanyahu told Putin at the start of their meeting.

According to an Israeli army spokesperson, the Israeli air force hit three sites in response to a Syrian drone violating Israeli airspace and was intercepted overnight.

In addition to Netanyahu, Ali Akbar Velayati - a senior advisor to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei - is also scheduled to be in Moscow on Wednesday for a meeting with Putin.

Israel has treated thousands of Syrians who have been injured in the seven-year Syrian civil war, as well as many people who have lost access to urgent medical care due to the fighting. Iran, the adviser said, would "not allow Syria to become an arena for the activities of terrorist groups".

He added that military officials believe the drone was Syrian and that it could have been on an intelligence collecting mission, but it was not yet clear if it purposely entered Israel or strayed from its path.

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

Israel coordinates its military activities with Russian Federation in Syria.

Netanyahu's remarks came as reports said Russian Federation would act to push Iranian forces from near the Syria-Israel border, and in exchange, Israel is expected not to "intervene" in Assad's efforts to stabilize his rule. The military staff reported that the anti-aircraft system had been activated due to the launch of a Patriot missile on an unidentified aircraft.

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in an interview with the Italian newspaper Il Giornale published on July 11 that Moscow hopes Israel and Iran will both display caution and avoid a showdown. "Let's have a thorough talk about them", Putin told Netanyahu before the meeting.

That position is shared by most United States lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, many of whom are now concerned that when President Donald Trump meets with Putin early next week, he might make some kind of deal that leaves Syria in the hands of the Russians, and their Iranian allies.

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