Israel Strikes Military Positions in Golan Heights

Israeli military confirmed it attacked three military positions in Syria hours after it shot down a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace

The Israeli military attacked three military positions in Syria Wednesday night, the Israeli army reported. Syrian state media also reported that Israeli aircraft fired missiles targeting Syrian army positions in Quneitra province.

The Israeli army confirmed that it struck the Syrian targets in response to a Syrian drone that infiltrated Israeli airspace earlier on Wednesday. Israel shot down the drone.

Israel attacks Syrian targets, July 11, 2018. Video provided by Israel Defense Forces spokesperson’s

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.

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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.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin later on Wednesday.

“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.

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