Israel strikes military post in Syria's Hama province

Israel strikes military post in Syria's Hama province

According that that official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Israel remained resolute in its demand that Iran be denied any significant military presence in Syria, with the removal of all long-range missiles and facilities producing precision-guided missiles established as non-negotiable demands of the Jewish state.

Before the meeting, Netanyahu said he would tell the envoys that "Israel insists on the separation of forces agreement between us and Syria being honoured, as they were honoured for decades until the civil war in Syria broke out".

In June, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in talks focusing on the Iranian presence in Syria.

Israeli media quoted Syrian rebel forces saying that 22 people were killed in the strike, including nine Iranians.

It was Israel's first published operational use of the mid-range interceptors.

On Thursday, the head of the White house wrote on his Twitter page that he is looking forward to the next meeting with Putin, "so we can start implementing some of the discussed issues, including the cessation of terrorism, security, Israel, nuclear proliferation, cyber attacks, trade, peace in the middle East and more". The incident triggered sirens in northern Israel and on the Golan.

Throughout the day, Reuters witnesses on the Golan Heights heard explosions and saw plumes of smoke rising from Syrian territory. Nevertheless, Ali Akbar Velayati, senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said last week, "Iran is prepared to leave Syria immediately, if Damascus asks".

There were concerns in the military that if the David's Sling interceptor missile landed intact in Syria it could be taken by the Syrian military and used to gather intelligence about the air defense system's capabilities, though this was not seen as a likely scenario.

"Despite threats from the United States, I see no obstacles to the implementation of these projects and the two countries' cooperation will continue in all fields".

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