Russian Federation agrees to move Iran, Hezbollah forces away from Israeli border

Rojda Felat a Syrian Democratic Forces commander waves her group's flag at the iconic Al Naim square in Raqa

Rojda Felat a Syrian Democratic Forces commander waves her group's flag at the iconic Al Naim square in Raqa

Iran's Chief of Staff for Iran's Armed Forces Mohammad Bagheri announced drawing a new policy to boost military cooperation between his country and the Syrian regime.

Bagheri arrived in Damascus on Wednesday to exchange views with senior Syrian officials over issues of mutual interests.

Both sides underlined that terrorism and extremism should be countered vehemently specifying more development in military, defense, and security cooperation between Iran and Syria.

According to reports in the British Press outlet Ashar al-Awsat, the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Israel that Moscow has agreed to expand a buffer zone along the Israeli-Syrian border.

Tehran would not tolerate violations of Syrian sovereignty by Israel, Bagheri stressed, vowing that the two countries would jointly fight against Syria's enemies.

Netanyahu says that "Iran has to understand that Israel will not allow this".

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Tensions have risen this year between Lebanon's Hezbollah and Israel, which have avoided a major conflict since 2006.

Hours before Shoigu landed in Israel, Israeli fighter jets destroyed a Syrian anti-aircraft missile battery stationed some 50 kilometers east of Damascus which had fired on Israeli planes in Lebanese airspace earlier that morning.

No one was hurt and no property damage was reported.

The mortar shell landed in an open field on the Golan Heights in an apparent case of spillover fire from the fighting in Syria, the army said.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Israel aims "to prevent Hezbollah or the Iranian forces from getting stronger in Syria, especially in obtaining sensitive weapons, and to prevent Iran from establishing military presence in general throughout Syria".

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