Syrian Army chief: Syria-Iran ties are strategic

Syrian Army chief: Syria-Iran ties are strategic

Syrian Army chief: Syria-Iran ties are strategic

Israel has carried out dozens of attacks on suspected arms shipments to Hezbollah.

Hours before Shoigu landed in Israel, Israeli fighter jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft missile battery stationed some 50 kilometers east of Damascus which had fired on Israeli planes in Lebanese airspace earlier that morning.

( During a visit to Damascus Wednesday for talks with the Syrian military, Iran's military chief vowed to confront Israel and defend Syria's regime.

No injuries were reported on either side. A Russian deputy minister expressed that the meeting gave "additional impetus to the development of Russian-Israeli cooperation", according to Sputnik, a media outlet close to the Kremlin. "We have a clear policy", Netanyahu said.

The Iran-backed Hezbollah is one of the main forces backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in the six-year civil war.

Israel regularly conducts intelligence gathering over Lebanon.

The Israeli military struck targets in Syria after errant fire from the war raging there hit the Israeli Golan Heights, a military spokesperson said on Thursday, a day after Iran's military chief warned against Israeli incursions in Syria.

"Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this", Netanyahu said Tuesday after a meeting with visiting Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu focused mostly on Iran's efforts to establish a presence next door, where both Tehran and Moscow have provided crucial support to Assad's forces. At the heart of those fears is Hezbollah, which battled Israel to a stalemate in a monthlong war in 2006.

Conricus said the Israeli military notified Russian Federation "in real time or immediately before the airstrike on the Syria anti-aircraft position".

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