Syrian media reports air strike south of Damascus

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Syrian air defenses shot down "hostile targets" on Thursday, state media said, in an area regional intelligence sources said contains Iran-backed assets, while Russian media said no Israeli jet had been downed as earlier reported.

According to Abdel Rahmn, two Israeli missiles hit al-Kiswah, where he said there are "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah [terrorist group] as well as Iranian forces".

In October, Moscow equipped Damascus with the advanced S-300 surface-to-air missiles, days after Israeli fighter jets attacking Syrian targets used a Russian surveillance plane flying nearby as a shield and misled the Syrian air defenses to shoot it down.

Military sources told SANA that the incoming projectiles were heading toward the al-Kiswah area.


The Israel Defense Forces said in a statement on Twitter: "In the course of Syrian ground-to-air missile fire, (Israel's) air defenses sighted a single trajectory toward an open area of the Golan Heights".

The incident occurred as part of Syrian anti-aircraft intervention against planes that last night attacked military targets south of Damascus.

The army added that reports that Israeli aircraft was hit are incorrect.

Israel and the U.S. have even put pressure on Russian Federation, another close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war against terrorist groups, to chase Iran out of Syria.


Abdel Rahman said Thursday was the first time Syria's air defences had been called into action since the incident on September 17 in which 15 Russians were killed.

Deemed to be more efficient and advanced than any other interceptor missile system now in Syrian possession, the S-300 can intercept not only planes but also ballistic missiles with ranges of up to 250 kilometers and at a very high altitude.

However, many security analysts believe Syria often falsely claims to have intercepted missiles that successfully penetrated its air defenses.

Israel has repeatedly targeted military positions in Syria, including Kisweh.


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