'An especially important meeting in Moscow'

PM takes off for Russia to meet with President Putin. The two are to discuss the tense situation on Israel's northern border.

Nitzan Keidar,

PM Binyamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin
PM Binyamin Netanyahu with Russian President Vladimir Putin
Flash 90

Prime Minister Netanyahu embarked this morning, Wednesday, on a flight to Moscow, where he is to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin later today.

"I am now leaving for an important meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The meetings between us are always important and this one is especially so,” Netanyahu said shortly before his departure.

“In light of what is currently happening in Syria, it is necessary to ensure the continued coordination between the Russian military and the IDF."

Syrian media reported on Tuesday evening that a number of explosions were heard south of the Syrian capital, Damascus.

According to some of the reports, Israeli planes fired missiles at Iranian targets near Damascus.

Syria’s official news agency SANA said that the Syrian army intercepted two Israeli missiles fired towards a district near Damascus.

Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, told AFP that missiles targeted an "arms depot belonging to Hezbollah and the Iranians".

The monitor said that at least nine pro-government fighters were killed in the missile strike, including members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards and other Iranian-backed combatants.

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the IDF asked authorities in the Golan Heights to open and prepare missile shelters over "irregular activity by Iranian forces in Syria", across the demarcation line.

"Following the identification of irregular activity of Iranian forces in Syria, the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) has decided to change the civilian protection instructions in the Golan Heights and instructs local authorities to unlock and ready shelters in the area," the army said in a statement.




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