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Published: Tue, March 21, 2017
World | By Tasha Manning

Russian Federation wants increased USA role in Syrian reconciliation - Deputy FM

Russian Federation wants increased USA role in Syrian reconciliation - Deputy FM

Syrian state news agency Sana said four Israeli jets carried out strikes near the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

Syria's army high command said Israeli jets attacked a target near Palmyra, in what it described as an act of aggression that aided Isis.

No Israelis were hurt during the strikes Thursday night or from the anti-aircraft fire, according to a statement by the IDF spokesman.

Also on Sunday, Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman in an interview with Israel Radio threatened to take out Syrian air defense systems. -Israeli missile interceptor will be operational soon, completing the country's multi-layer defense system.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the air strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shi'ite militant group Hezbollah and that Israel would do the same again if necessary.

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Israel denied any of its aircraft was hit.

Syria and Russian Federation have sent a "clear message" to Israel by summoning the country's ambassador and warning that the "the game is over". It marked the first time Israel had used the Arrow missile, which has been jointly developed with the USA over years to defend against long-range missiles from Iran.

Nasrallah, however, said that Israel has been using "all kinds of excuses" throughout the war to intervene, and that what they are really afraid of is an ISIS defeat, because that would mean a Hezbollah victory.

Israel and Syria are still technically at war, though the border had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began. Russian Federation is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

Addressing the flurry of Israeli attacks against Syria in recent days, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah says he believes Israel is deliberately trying to help ISIS in an effort to prevent ISIS from suffering outright defeat in Syria amid growing pressure.

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