Russia Says 'Arbitrary' Israeli Air Strikes on Syria Must Stop

Anti-aircraft fire over Damascus May 2018

A man was skiing on the slopes of Mount Hermon on Golan Heights when the camera on his helmet captured a missile interception by Israel.

Russian Federation said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there. According to Israel's statements, the response to this missile attack included strikes at munition storage facilities, training camps, intelligence-gathering operations, and the global airport in Damascus, Syria.

Israel said that the strike was a respose to the missile attack, which it says was Iranian-made and launched by Iranian forces in Syria.

Twenty-one military personnel were reported killed by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights in the Israeli strikes. He added that the recent Israeli airstrike had targeted not just Iranian forces allegedly stationed in Syria, but also the Arab Republic's contingency supporting them.

Russia, which has repeatedly expressed its concerns about Israel's aggressive stance, especially after its jet was downed in September, said 30 Israeli cruise missiles and guided bombs were destroyed by Syrian air defense systems.

According to the IDF, members of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - Quds Force fired a rocket towards the Golan Heights. Gen. Igor Konashenkov said in a statement.

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Conricus also said the missile was sacked from a location near Damascus in "an area that we have been promised that the Iranians would not be in" - a promise presumably made by Russian Federation although Conricus refused to confirm this. The army has moved additional Iron Dome batteries to the north, and the Israeli air force is on constant alert. Russian Federation maintains that Israel did not notify it of the attack sufficiently in advance for the plane to distance itself from the scene of the strike.

"We will not ignore such acts of aggression as Iran attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria and gives explicit statements by Iran that it intends to destroy Israel", stated the Israeli Prime Minister.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was behind another bombardment on Iranian targets in Syria.

Iran's air force commander on Monday warned that his country ready to fight a war that would end in "Israel's disappearance".

Israel responded to the Iranian missile launch with a widespread attack in Syria that killed 21 people.

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