Disengagement of forces in southwest Syria to take place shortly, says ambassador

Disengagement of forces in southwest Syria to take place shortly, says ambassador

"We were close to have direct conflict between the Russian forces and the American forces", Assad said.

The Islamic Republic says its role in Syria is limited to advisory assistance to the Syrian government, stressing that it does not have any military bases in the Arab country.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights described this development as unprecedented and will be applied over all Syrian territories.

Russian Federation blamed Israel for the attack.

He also expressed gratitude for Iran's help against foreign-backed terrorism in Syria since the beginning of the crisis.

Since March 30, at least 120 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured by the Israeli army's gunfire near the Gaza-Israel border fence.

Al-Moallem denied reports that an agreement was reached between regional and other powers over the situation of southwestern Syria where the country's Israeli-occupied Golan Heights are located.

"I can not answer if it is being realized, but as far as I understand, the parties involved in reaching an agreement are satisfied with what they have achieved", he added. "If it did not happen on the ground until now, it will happen in the near future".

Earlier, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu discussed a de-escalation zone in southern Syria with Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. This channel though was primarily to warn Russia's military when Israel launched airstrikes on convoys and shipments of arms to Hezbollah. "There are no fixed military bases for the Islamic Republic of Iran and what Israel is circulating are lies".

The Kremlin said the Putin-Netanyahu conversation focused on "some aspects of the Syrian settlement", which it didn't specify.

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"We do not have Iranian troops". But US support for them has been winding down.

"You should not believe the statements made about the agreement on Syria's south as long as the U.S. forces have not withdrawn from al-Tanf", he said.

Israel, which is deeply alarmed by Tehran's influence in Syria, said it destroyed dozens of Iranian military sites in Syria in May, after Iranian forces in Syria fired rockets at Israeli-held territory for the first time.

That would be along Israel and Jordan's borders with Syria.

His remarks came after Assad told Russian broadcaster RT he would not hesitate to use force to retake the third of the country held by the Syrian Democratic Forces.

Netanyahu's office continues to insist publicly that Israel demands the complete ouster of Iran and Hezbollah from the whole of Syria.

"Iran and Syria enjoy deep relations that would not be influenced by the propaganda measures of anyone", Brigadier General Massoud Jazayeri told the private Iranian news agency Tasnim.

There has been a surge in Israeli violence against people of Gaza in recent weeks.

Amidst a flurry of activity relating to Iran, Meir Ben-Shabbat, Israel's National Security Adviser, flew to Washington on Wednesday to coordinate positions with the Trump administration.

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