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Assad ally Russia summons Israeli diplomat over Syria strike

AP  |  Moscow 

Russia's foreign ministry says the Israeli ambassador to Moscow was summoned to explain an exchange of fire last week between Israeli jets and Syrian forces.

is a top ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad and has provided key military and political backing to his forces, allowing him to turn the tide of the conflict.


Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov says "expressed concern" over the exchange in which Syria fired missiles at Israeli warplanes that were on a mission to destroy a weapons convoy destined for Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese militant group.

Today's report in Russia's RIA Novosti agency quotes Bogdanov as saying that Israeli Ambassador Gary Koren "was asked about this" incident.

Hezbollah is also fighting alongside Assad's forces in Syria's brutal six-year civil war.

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First Published: Mon, March 20 2017. 14:02 IST
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