Russian Federation says 'arbitrary' Israeli air strikes on Syria must stop

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The medium-range missile that was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system over the Hermon Ski Resort on Sunday was Iranian-made, the army stated.

Russian Federation said on Wednesday that Israel should stop carrying out what Moscow called arbitrary air strikes on Syria, days after the Israeli air force targeted what Israel said were Iranian forces there.

The Israel Defence Forces said they hit a number of Iranian Kurd military sites in Syria in response, including a rare daylight air raid near the Damascus International Airport in Syria on Monday.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported that Israeli strikes killed 11 fighters in all, including two Syrians who were presumably working alongside Iranian troops. The latest strike came on 21 January with Syrian Air Defences reportedly intercepting some 30 missiles.

According to an official statement released by the IDF, the inbound missile was sacked by Iranian forces operating out of nearby Syria.

"We have started striking Iranian Quds targets in Syrian territory", a military statement said.

The foreign affairs ministry also denied the presence of Iran military bases in Syria, stipulating that its presence in the war-torn country was only for consulting purposes. Russian Federation maintains that Israel did not notify it of the attack sufficiently in advance for the plane to distance itself from the scene of the strike.

Israel has warned it would continue to target positions in Syria held by Iran and its Lebanese ally Hezbollah.

At the end of past year Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon insisted that Israel would continue fighting Iranian troops in Syria even if the United States withdraws its forces from the country.

Earlier this month, Netanyahu confirmed that Israel was behind another bombardment on Iranian targets in Syria.

"This is meant to work against Iranian missiles than can fly for thousands of miles", said Rubin. Gen. Aziz Nasirzadeh said his country was "fully ready and impatient to confront the Zionist regime and eliminate it from the earth".

Despite the current tensions, Israeli analysts say they do not believe Israel or Iran wants a war.

At this point, the recent developments along with the US decision brings about the question of whether Israel may become more aggressive and envisage going into an all-out-war with Iran in Syria.

The soldiers were members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards.

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