Israel warned to avoid Syria strikes as World Cup kicks off in Russia

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(Worthy News) - With the 2018 FIFA World Cup soccer tournament kicking off on Thursday, host nation Russia has made it clear that it expects Israel and other Middle Eastern states to avoid an escalation in the Syrian civil war during the month-long championship, Israel Hayom has learned.

The fighting in Syria has subsided somewhat recently, following the retaking by Syrian President Bashar Assad's regime of almost all of the rebel-held enclaves, particularly in the Damascus area.

However, the situation remains fragile as anti-regime forces are still holding out in a number of locations. Moreover, Iran's increased involvement in the civil war in support of the regime has put Syria in Israel's crosshairs, with Israel repeatedly saying it will not permit Iran to establish permanent bases or advanced weapons facilities in Syria. [ Source: Israel Hayom (Read More...) ]

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