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Russia says Iranian forces withdrew from Golan 

Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers [file photo]
Iranian Revolutionary Guard officers [file photo]

The Iranian forces have withdrawn their heavy weapons to a distance of 85 kilometres from the borderline between Syria, and Israeli occupied Golan Heights, Russia’s TASS news agency quoted a Russian envoy as saying.

The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad forces backed  Russia, Iran and the Lebanese Hezbollah group have retaken control of the territory in southwestern Syria from rebels which bring the pro-Assad troops close to the Israeli border.

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“The Iranians have withdrawn, and the Shia formations are not there” TASS quoted President Vladimir Putin’s special envoy to Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev, as saying.

Lavrentiev added that the Iranian military “advisers” may still be among the Syrian army forces, which are still near the Israeli border. “But there are no units of heavy equipment and weapons, which could pose a threat to Israel at a distance of 85 kilometres from the demarcation line”.

Israel considers the Iranian forces and Hezbollah fighters as a direct threat to Israel’s security

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