'Game is over' as Moscow summons Israeli ambassador

'Game is over' as Moscow summons Israeli ambassador

'Game is over' as Moscow summons Israeli ambassador

Russia's foreign ministry today said that it had summoned Israel's ambassador over airstrikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

Ambassador Gary Koren was called for discussions at the ministry last Friday, the official said.

Speaking on a Syrian TV channel, Bashar Ja'afari, the country's permanent representative at the United Nations, said that Israel's freedom to act in Syria's skies is over, referring to the claim that the Syrian army shot down an Israeli fighter jet last week.

On Friday morning, Israeli planes attacked several targets in Syria, reportedly destroying advanced arms provided to the Lebanese militant movement Hezbollah.

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On Sunday morning, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman responded to the incident with a saber-rattling warning.

'The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation, ' Lieberman said yesterday.

One missile was intercepted by Israel's Arrow air defence system, Israeli media reported.

The Israeli military denied that any planes had been hit.

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During the sortie, Israel threw its Arrow interceptor into the fray to take out what the officer said on Monday was believed to have been a Russian-made SA 5 missile.

"Of course", Bogdanov told reporters, recounting the co-chairmanship of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG) by the two countries' top diplomats.

Israel has a long record of violating Syrian airspace with impunity that stretches back to before 2011, when the country's current armed conflict began. Russian Federation is a close ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

In April 2016, Netanyahu admitted for the first time that Israel had attacked dozens of convoys transporting weapons in Syria destined for Hezbollah, which fought a 2006 war with Israel and is now battling alongside the Damascus regime.

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