Israel to Russia: Assad's safe from us, but Iran must quit Syria

Israel will not ‘rule out’ ties with Syrian govt – Defence minister

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.

Israeli forces attacked Syrian regime military positions near the Golan Heights border in the early hours of Thursday, causing limited damage, Syrian state media said.

Israel shot down the drone.

The military issued a statement warning that it "will not allow any violation of Israeli airspace and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".

Rocket sirens triggered in the Golan Heights and Jordan Valley, the IDF said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said missiles likely fired by Israeli forces hit the north of the province and areas along the border with the Golan. The plateau is not recognised internationally as Israeli territory.

In a series of posts on Twitter the Israeli army said it hit the three military posts "in response to the infiltration of the Syrian UAV into Israel".

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In a related context, Shoygu called on Israel and Iran to exercise restraint, saying that a military confrontation between Israel and Iran in Syria would lead to instability in the region.

"In recent weeks we are prepared for the possibility of Israeli sovereignty being violated as a result of the fighting in Syria", Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson Ronen Manelis said.

Shoygu remarks coincide with visits by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas and an adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader, Ali Akbar Velayati, to Russian Federation.

Russian Federation has been Syrian President Bashar Assad's key ally in the Syrian civil war.

"Their use of military force in Syria would inevitably lead to an escalation of tensions across the entire Middle East region", he said. Israel worries Assad could let his Iranian allies entrench near its lines or that Syrian forces may defy a 1974 Golan demilitarisation.

"It is clear that our focus is on Syria and Iran", Netanyahu said at the start of the meeting.

Watched by Israeli soldiers with night-vision equipment, one woman - carrying one child and holding the hand of another - stepped through a gate built into Israel's security fence in the occupied Golan Heights.

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