Israel hits Syrian posts after drone breached its airspace

Israel hits Syrian posts after drone breached its airspace

The Israeli military said it had hit three targets in retaliation for the incursion of a Syrian drone which it shot down over its air space hours earlier.

On June 24, Israel's military said it launched a Patriot missile at an incoming drone from Syria, which turned away unscathed.

The military said it will "continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".

It was not clear if the unmanned aerial vehicle had strayed across Syria's ceasefire line with Israel unintentionally.

An Israeli military ambulance drives past tanks in the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights, near the border with Syria.

Russia, whose 2015 intervention in the Syrian civil war turned the tide in Assad's favor, has largely turned a blind eye to repeated Israeli air strikes in Syria targeting suspected Iranian or Hezbollah emplacements and arms transfers. The plateau is not recognised internationally as Israeli territory.

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Russian Federation is an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, but has turned a blind eye to frequent sorties by Israeli aircraft against targets of Iran and the Hezbollah militant group in Syria.

The agency said that Syrian forces "hit one of the attacking warplanes and forced the others to leave the airspaces (sic)".

The drone "infiltrated the Israeli border from Syria", the Israeli military statement said, without immediately elaborating on whether the shoot-down took place over the Golan. The 1974 agreement officially ended the 1973 Yom Kippur War between Israel and Syria.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu met with Russian envoys Alexander Lavrentiev and Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Vershinin, in Jerusalem, reiterating again Israel's objection to an Iranian presence in Syria.

But on Tuesday, Israel also signalled openness to eventual ties with Syria under Assad, a tacit acknowledgement that he was re-consolidating power as he beats back the rebels.

As Netanyahu was meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) tweeted, "To our friends in Israel - be very careful making agreements with Russia re Syria that affect US interests".

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