Russia, Israel discuss situation in Syria

Russia, Israel discuss situation in Syria

Russia, Israel discuss situation in Syria

Also on Tuesday, Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Hebrew-language Ynet news site that Israel's ties with Russian Federation are "very important", but "we have to adhere to our policy and not allow the Iranian enemy to cross our red lines".

Israeli analysts and commentators said the harsh tone of the Russian response appeared to be created to signal to Israel that its previous freedom in carrying out military action in Syria might no longer be acceptable.

Israel and Russian Federation have held routine coordination talks since Russian Federation started to send forces to fight along Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's army in the war-torn country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the countrys conflict, said 14 fighters had been killed, including Syrian army officers and Iranian forces.

But it has pledged not to allow Iran, whose allied Shi'ite militias fight in support of Assad, to establish a military foothold in Syria and it has carried out scores of strikes against suspected arms convoys believed destined for Lebanon's Hezbollah terrorist group.

Until now, however, Israel has largely avoided being drawn into the seven-year-long Syrian civil war on its northeastern border.

The Syrian government strongly denied it carried out a chemical weapons attack and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons said it has opened an investigation. Iran's Fars news agency has confirmed the deaths of two Iranians.

Tehran, he said, aimed to deter Israel from continuing to strike Iranian forces in Syria.

Syrian state media SANA reported "several missiles" had hit the T-4 base in central Syria just before dawn on Monday. That strike came after Israel downed an Iranian drone that strayed into its territory.

At a holocaust memorial, Netanyahu sent a message to Iran to not "test Israel's resolve".

The fast-paced developments threatened to further hike tensions between the USA and Russian Federation, which has in the past warned against any US military action against President Bashar Assad's government.

The increase in regional tensions comes as President Trump has announced his intention to pull back US troops from Syria, a move some in Israel fear would leave it in a precarious position.

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