Israeli Spy Drone Shot Down by Syrian Army in Quneitra

Brittany BishopMar 27, 2017

Russia's Foreign Ministry says that Moscow is relying on Israel keeping in line with agreements reached during Netanyahu's state visit to Russian Federation earlier this month, when he held extended discussions on Syria with President Vladimir Putin.

Despite the invitation to the Israeli ambassador in Moscow for a discussion following the weapons convoy attack and the anti-aircraft missile interception in Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warns Russian President Putin during their meeting that Israel will continue with its policy.

"According to reports, [Badreddine] was killed by his superiors, which points to the extent of the cruelty, complexity and tension between Hezbollah and its patron Iran", he said in a speech in central Israel. Israeli officials say Hezbollah is far stronger than it was back then and battle tested because of its involvement in the Syrian war.

Al Arabiya news channel reported earlier this month that Iran, which like Hizbullah has forces in Syria supporting Bashar Assad's regime, was unhappy with the 55-year-old Badreddine and wanted him removed from the battlefield.

Commenting on his death, Israeli officials had described it as "good news" for Israel. "The next time the Syrians use their air defense systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Lieberman said on Israeli Public Radio on Sunday.

"My policy is consistent, and this is also what I told Putin", he said. "Therefore we need this personal connection [with Putin], which is important for Israel's national security", Netanyahu said.

The Israeli army also confirmed that one of their reconnaissance drones has been shot down by the Syrian army in the late hours of Monday. "The Syrians must understand that they are held responsible for these arms transfers to Hezbollah and that if they continue to allow them then we will do what we have to do".

"Russia can play a role so that Israel no longer attacks Syria", Assad told Russian journalists. Israel has responded to the errant fire with limited reprisals on Syrian positions.

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