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Haaretz: Assad asked Qassem Soleimani not to respond to Israeli attacks

Israel’s recent increase in air strikes against Syria causes regional conflict concerns. Israeli newspaper Haaretz wrote that the Assad administration asked Iran not to respond to Israel’s attacks in order to avoid an all-out war. According to the report, the Syrian leader personally conveyed this request to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards commander, Qassem Soleimani, who died in the US assassination.

While Israel’s recent increase in air strikes against Syria has increased the tension in the region, the Israeli media has made an interesting claim.

Increasing its air strikes on targets linked to Iran in Syria, Israel had recently launched a missile attack on Aleppo Airport and the south of the capital Damascus the previous evening. While it was stated that the Syrian air defense systems responded to the attack, it was also noted that Israel struck facilities connected with the Lebanese Hezbollah.

According to the news of the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Syrian President Bashar Assad asked Iran, which gave great support to him in the war that broke out in 2011, not to respond to Israel’s attacks. It was stated in the news that Assad personally conveyed this request to the former Commander of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force, Qassem Soleimani three years ago, and Iran complied with this request.

Qassem Soleimani died on January 3, 2020, in the US attack on Iraq.

It was noted that after Süleyman’s death as a result of the US assassination on January 3, 2020, Damascus conveyed the same request to the new commander of the Quds Force, İsmail Kaani.

According to the news of Haaretz, Iran, instead of responding to the Israeli attacks at the request of the Assad government, preferred to carry out attacks on the US bases in Syria in order for the US to put pressure on Israel.

‘DAMASCUS AVOIDS CONFLICT WITH ISRAEL’

Speaking to the New York Times previously, a Syrian source close to the Iranian forces stated that the Assad administration asked Iran not to respond to the Israeli attacks. In the news, it was claimed that the Assad administration, which wanted to avoid a conflict with Israel, opposed any attack on Israel from its own territory.

After the recent attacks, Syrian Foreign Minister Faisal Mikdad said that “Israel was playing with fire” and stated that the attacks could open the door to a major military conflict. Israel generally refrains from commenting on its attacks on Syrian territory.

Speaking to the London-based Arab newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat, sources from the Syrian government said that Russia asked Iran to withdraw its militias from the central and western regions of Syria this week so that the conflict would not escalate.

Like Iran, Russia also gave military support to the Assad administration in the war that broke out in Syria in 2011.

Source From: Sozcu

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