Sources to Asharq Al-Awsat: Israel Expands Scope of Attacks in Syria

Sources to Asharq Al-Awsat: Israel Expands Scope of Attacks in Syria

Saturday, 26 May, 2018 - 07:15
An Israeli Air Force F-35 Lightning II fighter jet performs during an air show at the graduation ceremony of Israeli air force pilots at the Hatzerim Israeli Air Force base in the Negev desert, near the southern Israeli city of Beer Sheva, on December 27, 2017. JACK GUEZ / AFP
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Western diplomatic sources told Asharq Al-Awsat on Friday that Tel Aviv has informed Moscow about its decision to “expand the scope of its red lines” in Syria by preventing Iran from consolidation its military presence and that of its militias, including “Hezbollah,” across all Syrian territories, and not just in the south.

The “red lines” previously aimed to prevent Iran from transferring missiles to its militias and to “Hezbollah,” and to halt the establishment of permanent Iranian bases or missile factories.

“Israeli missiles targeted on Thursday al-Dabaa Military Airbase and its vicinity in the western countryside of Homs, where the Lebanese Hezbollah and militiamen loyal to Syrian regime forces and non-Syrian nationalities are located,” the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Friday.

While no official statement was made by Israel concerning the attack, several media outlets confirmed the Observatory’s report.

Meanwhile, the summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in St. Petersburg Friday produced a deal to launch a “joint mechanism” capable of finding “common ideas that could push towards a comprehensive deal in Syria.”

They both agreed that further assistance to the long-term political settlement in Syria is required.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Friday that Turkish and US officials have outlined a roadmap for cooperation on Manbij, northern Syria.

“The Turkish-US Working Group on Syria met today in Ankara to continue ongoing talks regarding Syria and other issues of mutual interest and cooperation,” the statement said.

It added that Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would meet on June 4 to consider the recommendations of the working group.

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