Iran’s Velayati Says Mission in Moscow Unaffected by Netanyahu’s Russia Visit

Syria from Israel's northern border

Syria from Israel's northern border

Israel seized Syria's Golan Heights without worldwide recognition in a 1967 war and retained it after a second conflict ended in a 1974 truce, which left the countries at an indefinite standoff that has witnessed a resurgence in violence in recent months.

The defence system was sacked at a Syrian drone "flying over the demilitarized zone", adding that it was "most likely intercepted", the military said. "The UAV was most likely intercepted", an Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson wrote on Twitter.

The Israeli military released a similar statement on Wednesday and shared a video of what appeared to be a Patriot missile destroying a drone flying over northern Israel.

The military said it will "continue to operate determinedly and decisively against any attempt to breach Israeli sovereignty and will act against any attempt to hurt its civilians".

While speculations are rife about a US-Russia deal to put an end to the Iranian presence in Syria, coinciding with Israeli premier's visit to Moscow, Velayati commented: "Netanyahu's visit to Moscow won't have an effect on our strategic mission there" pointing out that "no one cares what the later (Netanyahu) will have to say" as he put it. It bombed Iranian targets in Syria in response to that incident.

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Last month, Israel fired a missile at a drone that approached its airspace near the Syrian frontier, and in February Israel shot down what it said was an Iranian drone that entered its airspace.

Tehran and Moscow already cooperate militarily in Syria, and have been instrumental in sustaining President Bashar al-Assad during the country's brutal seven-year civil war.

Argentina's government voiced its frustration with Russian President Vladimir Putin's administration on Thursday, after Moscow ignored a formal request from an Argentine judge to arrest a senior visiting Iranian official implicated in the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires.

In recent weeks, Israel's military has been on high alert over the Syrian regime's offensive in the southern and southwestern parts of the country.

Iran does not plan on reducing its involvement in the Syrian conflict despite heightened US pressure to remove their forces. The Syrian government has in the years since managed to secure most of the country, with about a quarter remaining in the hands of the USA -backed Syrian Democratic Forces, a largely Kurdish coalition that has also fought with Syrian rebel groups.

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