Russian Federation tells Israel: No more arbitrary airstrikes in Syria

Ben Gurion Airport
Ben Gurion Airport

24 January, 2019

The medium-range missile that was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system over the Hermon Ski Resort on Sunday was Iranian-made, the army stated.

The Israeli military has said that on Sunday it had struck an Iranian surface-to-surface missile aimed at the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

"Israel will continue to block Iran's efforts to use Syria Lebanon and Gaza as forward bases for attacking Israel for the express objective which they openly declare - destroying Israel", Netanyahu said.

The Syrian Centre for Human Rights in London reported the number of people killed in the IDF attack had risen to at least 21 with 12 being identified as members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corp. Both the attack in the video and the subsequent Israeli response came with a slew of statements in the media issued by both Syrian and Israeli officials claiming to have fended off rocket and missile attacks using their respective missile defense systems.

The Israeli raids caused one of the highest death tolls of the raids Israel has undertaken to fight Iran's entrenchment in Syria.

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Israeli officials have spoken in the past of an agreement with Moscow under which they have made clear their strikes on Syria would not threaten Assad, while Russian Federation has promised to help limit Iranian influence near the Israeli frontier. Israel usually neither confirms nor denies these strikes. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 15 January urged Iran to "get out of [Syria] fast", warning that Israeli airstrikes against Tehran's alleged military targets would continue. Recently-retired IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot acknowledged earlier this month that over the past several years, Israel had dropped thousands of bombs on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria. The missile was launched "by Iranian troops, not by proxies, not by Shiite militias, not by Syrian troops, but Iranian troops with an Iranian missile", Conricus said.

Despite the current tensions, Israeli analysts say they do not believe Israel or Iran wants a war.

"We're ready for the decisive war that will bring about Israel's disappearance from the earth". Iran's Qud Forces are elite units within Iran's Revolutionary Guard tasked with unconventional warfare and intelligence-gathering operations, not entirely unlike special operations troops employed by many nations around the world.

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