Syria says repels Israeli air attack, Israel says downs Golan rocket

Syria says repels Israeli air attack, Israel says downs Golan rocket

Syria says repels Israeli air attack, Israel says downs Golan rocket

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Earlier in the day, the official Syrian news agency SANA said the Syrian air defense had intercepted a fresh Israeli missile strike targeting areas in the surroundings of Damascus.

Air defense systems "prevented Israeli air strikes from achieving their objectives in the south" of Syria, the report said without giving further details.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged an Israeli attack last week on what he called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, where Tehran provides Damascus with vital support. "We will continue to act against the Iranian military entrenchment in Syria, including at present, and we will act against any element that undermines, or attempts to undermine, the security of Israel", Netanyahu said.

The Syrian air defenses were alerted on Sunday afternoon as a Mahan Air flight from Tehran to Damascus was about to make its approach to Damascus.

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The head of the city's civil defence, Asef Hababe, told Reuters the blast came from military technicians detonating a bomb.

It is rare for such strikes to occur during daylight hours.

Israel "operated under a certain threshold until two-and-a-half years ago", when he got "unanimous consent" from the government to change the rules of the game and dropped some 2,000 missiles against Iranian and Hezbollah targets in 2018 alone, he said. SANA reported that "over eight targets" exploded over the capital, adding that most of the Israeli missiles had been intercepted.

He told his cabinet Israel had carried out "hundreds" of attacks over the past years of Syria's war to curtail Iran and its ally Lebanon's Hezbollah.

With the presence of Iranian and Hezbollah forces, Israel's northern front has become the IDF's number one priority with former IDF Chief of Staff Lt. -Gen.

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