BEIRUT, LEBANON (7:00 A.M.) – The Israeli Air Force was seen flying over the Golan Heights region of Al-Quneitra on a number of occasions this past weekend, raising security concerns for the Syrian and Russian forces operating in the area.
According to members of Fouj Al-Joulan (Golani Regiment) in the government-held town of Hader, Israeli warplanes were seen flying over the Syrian Golan Heights at least a half dozen times on Saturday, and at least four times on Sunday.
The Syrian military believes the Israeli Air Force is attempting to gather information about their forces in the Golan Heights and neighboring areas in the West Ghouta region of rural Damascus.
In conjunction with the reports from the Golan Heights, the Israeli media outlet, Haaretz, claimed Tel Aviv was spying on the Russian forces at the Hmaymim Airbase in southwest Latakia, using satellite technology to gather information.
The Haaretz added that the Israeli military managed to identify the presence of the Russian A-50 jet at the Hmaymim Airbase; this aircraft has significant capabilities, which includes the detection of other aerial objects from far distances.