Wednesday, 25 April, 2018

Russia And Israel Add To Syria Tensions

An Israel Air Force F-15 flies overhead during an exercise in the Golan Heights An Israel Air Force F-15 flies overhead during an exercise in the Golan Heights
Ray Hunter | 12 April, 2018, 00:57

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which monitors the countrys conflict, said 14 fighters had been killed, including Syrian army officers and Iranian forces.

Two months ago, Israel acknowledged carrying out an attack on Iranian targets in the T-4 air base.

Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov today told reporters that Israel had not informed President Vladimir Putin ahead of the air strike, and declared that the fact that Russian military personnel were on the base was "a cause for concern for us".

Though there has been some mention of the alleged Saturday chemical weapons attack in Douma, Israel has largely not focused on that as a justification for their attacks in Syria.

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The fast-paced developments threatened to further hike tensions between the USA and Russian Federation, which has in the past warned against any US military action against President Bashar Assad's government. It said Syria shot down five of them while the other three landed in the western part of the base. "There are no Russian [military] advisors among those injured".

But even as Israel was being criticized for the raid, some security officials have been calling for a more aggressive approach in Syria aimed at preventing Iran and its proxy militia Hezbollah from expanding their influence there and their ability to menace Israel. The Russian Defense and Foreign Ministries have requested that Israel provide explanations for its air strikes.

Israeli military commanders and Defense Ministry officials are pushing for a new offensive against neighboring Syria, with a focus on fighting Iran. Jaish al-Islam also agreed to give up its civilian prisoners, a key government demand.

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