Syria thwarts Israeli strike on Quneitra

Syria thwarts Israeli strike on Quneitra

According to state-run SANA, "Syrian air forces intercepted an Israeli aggression and downed a number of missiles which were targeting T-4 airport in Homs".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday.

"The aircraft of the Israeli enemy fired several missiles in the direction of some army positions", said a Syrian military source.

This trade, as reported by the Israeli press, would have Netanyahu offering to see Russian Federation given full relief from US-imposed sanctions in return for Russian Federation expelling Iranian military from Syria.

In a reminder of the volatile situation, Netanyahu pointed at an incident earlier Wednesday in which the Israeli military fired a Patriot missile to shoot down a drone that had infiltrated Israeli airspace from Syria.

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"According to the minister, Russian Federation refused several years ago to supply Syria with S-300 missiles defence system at the request of Israel and a number of Western countries". Israel captured much of the strategic plateau in the 1967 war with Syria and annexed it in a move not recognised internationally. "We will discuss Syria, we will discuss Iran, we will discuss Israel's security needs", Netanyahu told reporters before leaving.

"We won't take action against the Assad regime, and you get the Iranians out", Netanyahu told Putin, the Reuters news agency reported, citing an official who requested anonymity. Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian allies entrench near its lines or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarization.

Israel will not dismiss the possibility of future relations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday. In the past, Putin has turned a blind eye to Israeli strikes on Iranian and Hezbollah targets in Syria while making clear Moscow does not want Assad's rule endangered.

Israel has signalled openness to eventual ties with Assad, a tacit acknowledgement that the Syrian president is re-consolidating power as he routs the country's rebels. A Syrian commander said the drone was engaged in local operations.

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