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01 December, 2018

On Friday, a senior Syrian defense official refuted previous reports of air defense hitting an Israeli plane.

Russia's RIA news agency said that Syria's military shot down an Israeli military aircraft, citing a Syrian security source.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor linked to the opposition, said Israeli missiles targeted areas just south of Damascus all the way to the Qunaitra region on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

The report said among the areas hit was the countryside of Kisweh, home to military bases, just south of Damascus.

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.

Syria's state news agency SANA said the Syrian military repelled the attack "despite its intensity". The Astana process followed a Russian military intervention which tipped the military balance in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime.

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

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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.

Israel has reportedly carried out airstrikes in Southern Syria targeting Iranian militias, in its first publicised strike since September.

An Israeli military spokesman said on Thursday that no Israeli warplanes had been shot down.

Israel claims that Iran's presence in Syria as part of an advisory mission requested by Damascus poses a threat to the regime's security.

Also on Thursday, the Israeli army said a missile was sacked at the Israeli-occupied, Syrian Golan Heights, but that it remains unclear where the projectile fell, Haaretz reported.

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

The Sept. 17 downing by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, after Israeli jets attacked a suspected Iranian arms shipment to Syria, caused a diplomatic rift between Israel and Russian Federation, and Moscow blamed Israel for the incident.


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