Contents tagged with Syrian Conflict

  • Russia protests against Israel’s downing of Syrian aircraft

    Russia has voiced its protest after Israeli forces shot down a Syrian combat aircraft, according to a source from Maariv daily newspaper.

    The publication claims that Israel has provided Russia with proof that the Syrian aircraft crossed the border into Israel.

    On June 24 Israeli forces reported that they shot down a Syrian combat aircraft, allegedly a Su-22 or Su-24. According to Reuters, the aircraft’s pilot was killed. The plane ventured approximately 1.6 km into Israeli airspace. Israel …

  • Media: Israeli air defense failed to intercept Soviet-made missiles

    The Israeli missile defense system David’s sling could not intercept two missiles from Soviet tactical system Tochka fired from Syria on Monday, July 23, reports Ynet news outlet, without specifying a source of information.

    According to Ynet, this was the first use of David’s sling. The Ministry of Defense and the Israeli air force are investigating the incident. According to preliminary data, human error was not the cause of failure by the defense system in bringing the targets down.

    The …

  • Israel shoots down Syrian aircraft

    The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have destroyed a Syrian combat aircraft using the Patriot anti-aircraft missile system. The Israeli army reported that a Sukhoi fighter jet was intercepted and a missile was fired at it. The fact that the targeted aircraft was actually downed was not reported by Israeli forces. The Syrian Ministry of Defense has confirmed the loss of the Su-22 aircraft. According to some reports, the pilot survived but was captured by ISIL militants. Social media users indicate …

  • Netanyahu to Lavrov: we want Iran out of Syria

    During talks with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Chief of General Staff Valery Gerasimov, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel is interested in the complete withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, reported TASS citing a source in the Israeli government, who also claimed that the prime minister did not reject any offers from Russia during the meeting in Jerusalem on Monday.

    “Israel is interested in a complete withdrawal of Iranian forces from Syria, …

  • Israel rejects Russian idea for a buffer zone in the Golan Heights

    Israeli authorities have rejected the Russian proposal to create a 100-kilometer zone at the borderline between Israel and Syria, into which Iranian troops would not be allowed. This proposal was offered on Monday, July 23, during negotiations between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a Russian delegation led by Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Jerusalem.

    In response to Lavrov, Netanyahu said that Israel would not allow Iranian forces, fighting on the side of Syrian dictator …

  • Putin and Macron discuss the situation in Syria

    The French president Emmanuel Macron and Russian president Vladimir Putin had a phone conversation on Saturday, July 21, according to the Kremlin’s press office. In the conversation, they discussed “a series of current international and regional issues,” with special attention paid to the question of Syria.

    In particular, Putin and Macron discussed the humanitarian crisis in Syria, and the implementation of “a joint Russian-French initiative to provide aid for the population of Eastern Ghouta. …

  • Israel launches missile attack against Syria

    Israel launched missiles at a Syrian military base near Nayrab airport in the north of the country, SANA reports. According to the news agency, no one was injured by the attack. Only material damage was caused.

    On July 12, the Israeli Air Force launched air strikes on several facilities near the border city of al-Quneitra in response to the infiltration of the Syrian surveillance drone into Israel.

  • Israel carries out missile strikes on Syrian army

    Israel Defense Forces (IDF) struck at three military posts in Syria in response to a Syrian drone flying into Israeli territory, reported the army press service in a report released on Thursday.

    “The army struck three military posts in Syria in response to a Syrian drone entering Israel’s territory. Earlier on Wednesday, the drone was intercepted by Israeli forces,” the press release said. “The army will continue to act resolutely against any attempt to violate the sovereignty of Israel and …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense denies death of Russian soldiers during terrorist attack in Syria

    The Russian Ministry of Defense has denied media reports that Russian servicemen were killed during a terrorist attack in Syria, reported Interfax. “ISIS terrorists intentionally spread false reports about the death of Russian servicemen in Syria,” the Ministry of Defense said.

    Earlier, the telegram channel Directorate 4, which monitors the situation in the Middle East, published a statement of the Islamic State. The statement asserts that in the province of Deraa in southern Syria, a suicide …

  • Israeli Minister of Defense says he 'found out from the newspaper' about airstrike in Syria

    The Minister of Defense of Israel Avigdor Lieberman said on Monday that he “found out from the newspaper” about the missile strike which, as reported by Syrian state agency SANA, was carried out by the Israeli Air Force on the T-4 airbase on Sunday, 70 kilometers from Palmyra in the eastern part of Homs province.

    “I have no idea, I read about it [the missile attack] only today in the newspapers,” said Lieberman, whose statements were quoted by Kan, the state television and radio company of …