Israel Denies Reports of Second Summoning of Envoy to Russian Federation

  • Israel Denies Reports of Second Summoning of Envoy to Russian Federation

Israel Denies Reports of Second Summoning of Envoy to Russian Federation

Russia's foreign ministry on Monday said it had summoned Israel's ambassador over the strikes and "expressed concern".

In a rare statement, the Israel Defense Forces confirmed to having carried out aerial strikes in Syria and intercepted missiles launched at its aircraft from the ground. -Israeli missile interceptor will be operational soon, completing Israel's multi-layer defense system, a senior Israeli air force official said Monday.

Syria's air defence forces fired anti-aircraft missiles at the Israeli jets as they returned from the mission.

On Sunday, Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria's air defence systems "without the slightest hesitation" if it happened again.

Speaking on a Syrian TV channel, Bashar Ja'afari, the country's permanent representative at the United Nations, said that Israel's freedom to act in Syria's skies is over, referring to the claim that the Syrian army shot down an Israeli fighter jet last week.

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The heightened tension highlights how Russia's assistance to Assad has raised the stakes along the border with Israel.

It was the most serious incident between the two countries since the Syrian civil war began six years ago. Those attacks haven't been challenged by Syria, for the most part.

Israeli "aircrafts targeted several targets in Syria". This month, Netanyahu traveled to Moscow to try to convince Russian President Vladimir Putin that Iran shouldn't be strengthened by the war.

David's Sling, developed and manufactured jointly by Israel's state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd and the U.S. Raytheon Co, would likely be used to intercept projectiles fired by the Iranian-backed Lebanese guerrilla group Hezbollah, which last fought a war with Israel in 2006. The attacks over the weekend highlight the question of whether Moscow will continue to tolerate Israeli forays into Syria against its Shiite allies, he said.

Mitnick is a special correspondent.