Monday, March 20, the Russian news Agency «Interfax» has published a confirmation of the Russian foreign Ministry about the fact that on 17 March, the Ambassador of Israel in Moscow, Gary Koren was called in connection with the strike by the Israeli air force in the area of the Syrian Palmyra.
«The Deputy foreign Minister, special presidential envoy for the Middle East and Africa Mikhail Bogdanov confirmed that the Israeli Ambassador Gary Koren Moscow was summoned to the Russian foreign Ministry to discuss the incident with the blow of the Israeli air force on targets near the Syrian city of Palmyra,» – said in the message.
Russian Deputy foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov announced that Moscow was expressed by the Israeli Ambassador his concern over events in Syria. «Yes, of course, because if we have a consistent channel of communication, we would like to make this channel more effective, to avoid confusion as to who does what,» quotes his words RIA Novosti.
Earlier the Israeli foreign Ministry confirmed the meeting G. Koren, Russian foreign Ministry, but refused to give details of the conversation.
Recall that on the morning of 17 March, the press service of the IDF reported applying several air strikes on targets in Syria. The Arab media was then told that Israeli aircraft bombed a warehouse of rocket arms «Hezbollah». The aircraft of the IDF, the Syrians had been issued at least two missiles, s-200, one of which was intercepted by the Israeli missile defense system «Arrow-2», the other fell on Jordanian territory. Damascus, reporting that four Israeli aircraft were fired on in Syrian airspace, claimed that one plane was hit and fell in the «occupied territories» and the other was damaged. In the IDF information on destroyed and damaged aircraft denied, stating that any damage caused by Israeli technique was not. Lebanese TV channel «al-Mayadin», associated with the Shiite political forces, then reported that as a result of Israeli air force attack in Syria killed one of the commanders of Hizbullah Badi Jamia.
Late in the evening of 19 March, Arab media reported that the Israeli air force struck another blow to the air defense batteries of the army of Bashar al-Assad and the position of «Hezbollah» in the mountains kalamun, near the border with Lebanon. Data about damages are specified. According to media reports, it was the second Israeli air strike within one day. Earlier, near the Quneitra air strike destroyed the car, which was Yasser al-Siad, one of the leaders of the armed organization called «forces for the defence of the Fatherland», support the regime of Bashar al-Assad. «The center for control over the observance of human rights in Syria» reported that as-Said was killed. The Israeli authorities do not comment on reports of strikes against targets in Syria carried out on March 19.
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