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Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrike
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Russia summons Israeli ambassador over Syria airstrike

Russia summoned the Israeli Ambassador Gary Koren for questioning on Monday.

Deputy Russian Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the country "expressed concern" over the incident on March 17 during which the Israeli military reportedly bombed targets inside Syria. 

Syrian state forces used anti-aircraft weapons in retaliation.

At the time, the Syrian army said it had shot down an Israeli warplane, hit another and forced the rest to flee, but Israel's military denied that account. Israel said one Syrian missile was intercepted by its Arrow air defence system. 

In comments carried by state news agency RIA Novosti on Monday, Bogdanov said Russia demanded that Israel more closely communicate its military plans in the region to avoid such incidents.

Russian troops were reportedly in the targeted region near the famed city of Palmyra, which had once again been captured by Syrian troops from "Islamic State" forces earlier in March.

Israel said its planes were targetting a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah, an Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group bent on destroying Israel, which is fighting alongside troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

On Sunday, Israel's Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman warned Syria not to fire Israeli jets carrying out missions over Syrian territory.

"The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation," Lieberman said on Israeli public radio.

 Click here to watch the video in Deutsche Welle

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
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