Israel Continues to Attack Syria, Warns Syria Against Resisting Planes

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The Syrian Army command said in a statement Friday it had downed one of four Israeli Air Force jets that violated its airspace and purportedly targeted Syrian units near Palmyra.

An Israeli aircraft reportedly launched a strike into Syria on Sunday that left one person dead, in what appeared to be the second cross-border attack in three days as tensions between the neighbours escalated over the weekend.

Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov says Russian Federation "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.

The Lebanese news service Al Mayadeen said the attack killed Yasser Hussein Asayeed, whom it described as a member of a militia aligned with the Syrian government. The group is sworn to Israel's destruction, and fired thousands of rockets into Israel during a monthlong war in 2006.

"The next time the Syrians use their air defence systems against our planes we will destroy them without the slightest hesitation", Lieberman said on Israeli public radio.

"Each time we discover arms transfers from Syria to Lebanon, we will act to stop them". They succeeded, though Israel touted their use of an anti-missile system to shoot down one of the anti-aircraft missiles.

Israel has also repeatedly vowed to prevent Hezbollah from acquiring any advanced weaponry and several strikes on such convoys over the years since the Syrian civil war began in 2011 have been attributed to Israel.

"The Syrians must understand that they are held responsible for these arms transfers to Hezbollah and that if they continue to allow them then we will do what we have to do". For most of the Syrian civil war, Israel has watched from the sidelines, except for occasional strikes against Hezbollah weapons shipments that it says could be strategic game changers in the balance of power.

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