Israel shoots down Syrian drone approaching Golan Heights

  • Israel shoots down Syrian drone approaching Golan Heights

Israel shoots down Syrian drone approaching Golan Heights

On Sunday, minister Tzachi Hanegbi said the agreement "does not answer Israel's unequivocal demands that there will be no developments that bring Iranian or Hezbollah forces closer to Israel's border with Syria in the north".

But even if the agreement between the main powers succeeds in putting an end to the fighting, we have to worry about the signs of a new phase of regional confrontations inside and outside Syria.

Israeli officials are giving a lukewarm reaction to an agreement laying out principles for the future of Syria. In recent months Israel has held talks with Moscow, Washington and Amman in an attempt to ensure that any agreement will define the buffer zone at least 40 kilometers from the border with the Jewish State.

Israel has shot down a drone over the Syrian Golan Heights, confirmed the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

In a move being construed as a rebuke of Russia's role in facilitating the latest truce, Israel on Sunday endorsed a United Nations watchdog report on Syria's use of chemical weapons, saying it "unequivocally" proves Assad used poison gas and as such must be punished by the worldwide community. It thought that the civil war served its interests - a sectarian swamp that would involve Hezbollah and Iranian forces against Daesh, and they all must have lost a significant number of their forces and fighters during the past three years.

In recent years there have been several airstrikes inside Syria, attributed to the Israel, that targeted alleged shipments of advanced weapons and rockets for Hezbollah. Russia, which views Iran as a key player in resolving the crisis in Syria, has repeatedly emphasized the importance of the role that the Islamic Republic plays in the war-torn country.

Israel has warned that it will not accept a permanent presence of Iran or its allied militias near its border in postwar Syria.

Israel seized 1,200 square km of the Golan Heights from Syria in the Six-Day War of 1967 and later annexed it.

The drone was downed with a Patriot interceptor missile over the Golan demilitarized zone that has separated Israeli and Syrian forces since the ceasefire deal that followed their 1973 war.

According to the BBC report, the base is situated at a site used by the Syrian army near El-Kiswah, 14 kilometers (8 miles) south of Damascus, and 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the Israeli border.

Repeating Israel's warnings to Iran and Hezbollah, Lieberman said: "We will not allow the Shi'ite axis to establish Syria as its forefront base".