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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

An Israeli strike on the outskirts of Damascus: why Russia is silent

On the night of 27 April, a bright flash illuminated the surroundings of the airport near the Syrian capital of Damascus. As it turned out, the culprit was the explosions at weapons depots grouping “Hezbollah”, which caused the fire. Although Israel hasn’t officially acknowledged that he struck the objects of Hizbullah, indirectly, did the intelligence Minister Israel Katz. Moscow is very sensitive to everything that happens in the Union of Syria, especially in government areas, but comments from Russia after the incident was not followed.

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A series of explosions was so strong that was audible even in Damascus, which is 25 kilometers away. It is reported that no one was hurt. Reuters sources clarify that blasted through the warehouse is the distribution of weapons that Iran supplies to allied groups, in particular for the formation of Shiite “Hezbollah”.

Israeli intelligence Minister Israel Katz refused to acknowledge the involvement of the Jerusalem bombing warehouses, but said: “the incident in Syria is completely consistent with the policy of Israel to combat Iran’s efforts to put through Syria advanced weapons to Hezbollah. “The Prime Minister said that as soon as we get the Intel on the transfer of advanced weapons to Hezbollah, we react,” added Katz.

His colleague from the Ministry of defense Avigdor Lieberman also stressed: “we will not allow Iran and Hezbollah to concentrate its forces on the border with Israel.” Lieberman, who is fluent in Russian, April 26 met with Russian defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. “We discussed the situation in Syria and the continued coordination between the IDF and the armed forces of Russia in order to prevent incidents in the air in this region”, — told about the meeting Lieberman.

Russia sharply condemned the American missile strike on the airbase of the Syrian government forces in HOMS, but on the Israeli shelling of neighborhoods in Damascus, the reaction was not followed. What is the difference between these incidents? “Of course, not comparable to the scale of conducted operations, — said in comments the “MK” the Deputy Director of the Institute for strategic studies and forecasts of PFUR Dmitry Egorenkov. — The Israelis over the last time inflict pinpoint strikes on Syrian territory, arguing that they are struggling with the supply of arms to the group “Hezbollah”, which is recognized in Israel as terrorist. The fears of Israel connected with the fact that, in the hands of “Hezbollah”, these weapons can be used against Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a recent visit talked about this with the Russian leadership. These fears in Moscow not to share, but hear.”

Recall that Hezbollah is fighting on the side of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and funded by Iran. Russia does not consider this group as terrorist. Recently the Minister of foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow believes that Iran and Hezbollah “are in Syria at the invitation of the legitimate government”, as the Russian VKS.


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