BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:57 P.M.) – Israel’s ambassador to Russia has been called in by the Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday to provide clarification on Israel’s air force attack in Syria overnight, a statement by Moscow said, which was also confirmed by Israeli Foreign Ministry according to Haaretz.
The air raid resulted in one Israeli jet being destroyed by Syrian missile defenses according to the Syrian Army’s General Command, as reported earlier today by Al-Masdar News.
It is rare that Israel is called by Moscow to explain its actions in Syria. However, this time, Israel struck positions near Palmyra where Russian forces are embedded with both Hezbollah and the Syrian Army, who are all fighting against ISIS.
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu in a statement said that Israel will not allow Hezbollah to acquire advance weaponry.
“When we identify attempts to transfer advanced arms to Hezbollah, and we have intelligence information and we have the operational plan, we act to prevent it,” Netanyahu said. “That’s what happened and that’s what will happen.”
However, a Syrian Army officer denied that Hezbollah were even targeted in Palmyra, and rather only minor damage to defences were made.