Israel Strikes Three Syrian Army Positions in Response to Drone Infiltration

Israeli military confirms strike on positions in southern Golan Heights ■ Earlier, unarmed drone shot down over Israeli territory ■ Netanyahu met with Putin in Moscow hours before the attack

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Syrian Golan Heights, July 9, 2018
Syrian Golan Heights, July 9, 2018Credit: Alaa al-Faqir/Reuters

Israel's air force attacked three military positions in Syria Wednesday night, the Israeli army reported. According to the IDF, the attack was carried out in response to a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace earlier on Wednesday. Israel shot down the drone.

According to Syrian media reports, Hezbollah positions were hit in the Quneitra province in Syria's Golan Heights. The attack took place in the village of Khan Arnabeh and in another city in Quneitra, Syrian media reported.

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The Israeli army said the unmanned aerial vehicle was intercepted by the missile after infiltrating 10 kilometers Israeli territory, and was shot down over the Sea of Galilee.

The attack late Wednesday night was near Hader at the frontier of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and caused only material damages, Syrian state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

The Israeli military said Wednesday that it holds the Syrian regime responsible for what it happens on Syrian territory and warned it against attacking Israeli forces.

The attack comes hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow.

"We intercepted [the drone] and we will continue to act firmly against any infiltration, on land or in the air, and we expect everyone to respect [Israel's] sovereignty and that Syria will observe the separation agreements," Netanyahu told Putin at the beginning of the meeting.

Diplomatic sources told Haaretz Wednesday evening that Russia has been working to push Iran away from Israel's border with Syria. The sources said that while Iranian forces have not completely been ousted from the border area, Moscow is currently acting to carry out the process.

Putin shakes hands with Netanyahu during their meeting at the Kremlin in Moscow on July 11, 2018.Credit: AFP

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