Israel vows to continue strikes against Iranian positions in Syria

(25 Sep 2018) A senior Israeli official on Tuesday said Israel will “keep striking in every possible way at Iranian positions in Syria” following Russia’s decision to supply Syria’s government with sophisticated S-300 air defence systems.
Speaking in Tel Aviv, Israeli Deputy Minister for Diplomacy Michael Oren said “we cannot let precision guided missiles and other advanced weaponry fall into the hands of Hezbollah”.
Russia announced on Monday that it would give Syria’s government the more modern defence systems after last week’s downing of a Russian plane by Syria in a friendly fire incident.
The military’s reconnaissance Il-20 was shot down by the Syrian government missile defence systems responding to an Israeli airstrike.
Russia laid the blame on Israel, saying Israeli fighter jets had pushed the plane into Syria’s line of fire.
The account was denied by the Israeli military.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu announced Monday that the S-300 missile defence systems will be delivered to Damascus within two weeks.
Earlier in the war, Russia suspended a supply of S-300s, which Israel feared Syria could use against it.

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