Syria shoots down 'hostile target' near Damascus: State media

Marsha Scott
December 1, 2018

It said a Syrian surface-to-air missile was sacked in the direction of an open area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but it was unclear if it had hit Israeli-held territory. In addition, Syrian state television reported that "the Israeli attack did not achieve its goals because the hostile targets were shot down".

Two missiles hit "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah (militant group) as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh, and another missile hit the area of Harfa, where there is a Syrian military base, the Britain-based monitor said.

"Our air defences fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh area and downed them", the official SANA news agency reported, citing a military source.

Working to prevent the entrenchment of Iranian forces and the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the Israel Air Force has admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrike in Syria.

The accidental downing of a Russian transport aircraft by Syrian ground batteries during an Israel air strike on September 17 killed 15 service personnel.

Russian Federation is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his favor.

Israeli strikes on Syria "have been cut nearly to zero" since a Russian plane was shot down near Latakia, two months ago, a former head of Military Intelligence said, earlier Thursday.

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Israel is concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its own security and has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the country's seven-year conflict.

"A high-ranked Syrian security source in a comment to Sputnik on Friday denied statements about an Israeli combat plane shot down by the Syrian air defense, confirming that Damascus' forces had indeed downed several aerial targets that had attacked the Syrian territory".

However, a surface-to-air missile was sacked at an open area in the Golan Heights and IDF forces are searching the area for additional hits.

Damascus claimed its air defense systems shot down all "hostile targets" late Thursday. Operation of the system could thus make Israeli jets far more vulnerable in any future missions in Syria.

Following the incident, Russian Federation sent advanced air defense missiles to Damascus.

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation his country would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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