Israel reportedly launches strike on Syria as tensions rise

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Russia's foreign ministry today said that it had summoned Israel's ambassador over airstrikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

Russian Federation summoned the Israeli ambassador to demand an explanation for Israel's air raids in Syria last week, Moscow has confirmed, as a second incident was reported blaming an Israeli drone for a targeted killing of a senior pro-Assad fighter.

Israel's multi-tier air defense missile system will be fully operational early next month with the deployment of the David's Sling interceptor, a senior Israeli air force officer said on Monday.

IAF planes hit several targets in Syria on Friday, with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu saying the strikes targeted weapons bound for Lebanon's Shiite Hezbollah terrorist group.

At that time, Israel Air Force planes struck targets in Syria and Syria's air defense system fired an anti-aircraft missile at the Israeli planes.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow air defense system.

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Israel denied any of its aircraft was hit.

Israel has mounted dozens of air raids to prevent weapons smuggling to Hezbollah, which is fighting rebels alongside the Syrian army. It marked the first time Israel had used the Arrow missile, which has been jointly developed with the US over years to defend against long-range missiles from Iran.

"We have no interest in interfering in the Syrian civil war, not for nor against (President Bashar) Assad, and we have no interest in clashing with the Russians", Liberman said.

Nasrallah, however, said that Israel has been using "all kinds of excuses" throughout the war to intervene, and that what they are really afraid of is an ISIS defeat, because that would mean a Hezbollah victory.

Israel had anticipated a conflict that would undermine the Assad regime, seriously wound Hezbollah and push back Iran's attempts to expand its influence.

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