The Syrian government rejected on Thursday the claims that they had any knowledge of Russia’s move to return the remains of Israeli soldier Zachary Baumel to Israel.

“Syria has no clue about the Israeli soldier’s remains” of an Israeli serviceman lost in a 1982 battle, the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) quoted a media source as saying on Thursday.

Instead, citing a source in Damascus, SANA said the return of the IDF soldier’s remains ‘proved’ that the Mossad (Israeli spy agency) and the terrorist groups that previously controlled the Yarmouk Camp District had worked together to find the grave.

It said that “what has happened is new evidence confirming cooperation between terrorist groups and Mossad.”

“There is not any information about the whole matter and whether there are remains or not,” the statement added.

A Syria-based official with the Damascus-backed Palestinian Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine — General Command (PFLP-GC) said on Wednesday that insurgents who were previously in control of the Yarmouk Camp had excavated graves in search of the remains of the three missing soldiers. The group has made a similar claim in the past.

Once the militants agreed to surrender the camp, they allegedly informed the Russian military where the IDF soldier’s remains were located inside the Yarmouk Camp.

During a joint press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Moscow Thursday, Putin said Russian Army soldiers found the body “in coordination with the Syrian military,” despite Damascus’ denial.

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Now will come those propagandists with their stories of Syrian and Iranian crimes. Allegations with no proof, just lies. The bigger, the better. There will be no mention of Israeli slaughtering Egyptian POWs in the Sinai though, even though it is a fact. It’s likely the reason the Liberty was attacked. They heard through radio intercept that the Israelis had slaughtered POWs. But that’s OK because they are special, they’re Israeli. Just like sniping children and medicos, it’s far better than shooting fish in a barrel to them, it’s sport. Is it any wonder that Israel is not a signatory… Read more »


Since Syria paraded the corpses in Damascus in 1982 after the 3 MIAs who were initially captured had been tortured to death, for sure Syrian govt knew where these were buried. Since torturing is a crime against humanity, then murdering POWs and parading their corpses are both war crimes, for sure Syrian govt. will deny anything related : all this would end at the ICC where Syria would be charged, the culprits are even very likely still alive as the ones responsible for the 1988 mass murder of 33,000 political prisoners in Iran, some of these are even in Rouhanni’s… Read more »