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Israeli jets 'bomb targets near Damascus, southern Syria'

03 December, 2018, 02:49 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Syrian air defenses fire missiles to repel Israeli warplanes attacking government positions in this undated Reuters

Syrian state media said Syrian defences has foiled the attack and continued to shoot down "enemy targets".

Sources in Damascus spoke Thursday about missiles fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh area and of downing them, while Russian sources reported hitting an Israeli warplane.

The area south of Damascus has been targeted by alleged Israeli strikes in the past, which a monitor said have killed members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards force and other pro-Iranian Shia militias.

A military source did not specify the targets but dismissed earlier reports that an Israeli war plane had been downed.

Last week IDF sources said security personnel reported the presence of some 20,000 Iranian-trained Syrian armed forces in the Syrian Golan Heights, possibly preparing for a conflict with Israel.

The Syrian military has reportedly shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles, over the country's southern region.

Two missiles hit "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah [group] as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh, the Observatory said, while another missile hit the area of Harfa, where there is a Syrian military base.

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"Reports regarding an IDF (Israeli military) aircraft or an airborne IDF target having been hit are false", it said in an English-language statement.

The Israeli army did not claim responsibility for the bombardment and declined to comment on the report.

The latest attack on Al-Kiswah took place in April, when Syrian air defense crews downed 13 missiles.

According to the director of the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, Rami Abdel Rahman, the Israeli bombardment hit two positions in the south of Damascus province, including an area believed to be an Iranian weapons depot near the capital.

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.

After the September attack, Russian Federation and Syrian government blamed Israel for the losses and Moscow was quick to equip Damascus with the advanced S-300 air defense missile system.

Israel has repeatedly warned that it will act to prevent Iran from consolidating itself militarily in Syria, and continue to strike weapons convoys en route from Tehran to Hezbollah.

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