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Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan

13 November 2017

The Russian and Turkish presidents had also met before, while Iran and Israel are getting ready for the next phase.The aim of the negotiations, led by the Russians and the United Nations envoy, is to end direct confrontations between different factions.

Several drones were shot down over the Golan Heights earlier, some of which were manufactured in Iran and used by Hezbollah, RIA Novosti reported. Both Iranian and Hezbollah forces have been backing Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war. The Iranian and other allied military presence, with all this quantity and depth, establishes a reality that cannot be disregarded as a danger to the region in general rather than to Israel, which has a huge destructive military power and an American ally it can rely on.

The pact "does not meet Israel's unequivocal demand that there will not be developments that bring the forces of Hezbollah or Iran to the Israel-Syria border in the north", Hanegbi told reporters Sunday, according to a Reuters report.

Israel has long complained about the involvement of its archenemies Iran and Hezbollah in the Syria war. The Revolutionary Guards have solidified the presence of their foreign militias and fighters in their strongholds in Syria, which are about 50 kilometers on the borders of Israel with Golan. Pictures show how the IRGC built a series of military bases to become support and funding centers and to represent an Iranian highway between Iraq and Lebanon. The aim of these threats is to confront the new reality.

Israel has launched strikes inside Syrian territory in response.

Regarding Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned of the new reality saying that "when ISIS is expelled from a place, Iran is replacing it".

Israel, Turkey and Iraq are states that share borders with Syria and are directly concerned with the solution details- such as which local and foreign militias control the situation on the ground.

Following the announcement of the previous ceasefire agreement in southern Syria brokered by the USA and Russia, Netanyahu came out against the deal, saying it did not sufficiently address Iran's military ambitions in the area.

The Hezbollah fighters have been helping the Syrian military in its battle against Fateh al-Sham and ISIS, two prominent Takfiri terrorist groups operating in the Middle Eastern country.

Israel downs Syrian drone over Golan