Iron dome intercepts Syrian missiles following claims of attack on Damascus

Syria is locked in a civil war that has killed more than 360,000 people
Syria is locked in a civil war that has killed more than 360,000 people
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21 January, 2019

The incident came shortly after Syria said it had thwarted an Israeli air strike in its south, a statement that the Israeli military declined to comment on.

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.

According to the Syrian news agency SANA, citing a military source, Damascus air defenses confronted another Israeli aerial attack on Monday that allegedly targeted the southern region. It says the Pantsir and Buk air defense systems intercepted seven missiles, adding that no damage has been reported.

Israel has pledged to stop its main enemy Iran from entrenching itself militarily in neighboring Syria.

The Israeli army on Sunday said its air defence systems intercepted Syrian missiles over the Golan Heights. However, those attacks typically take place under the cover of darkness.

The projectile was sacked shortly after Syrian state media said Israel conducted a rare daylight missile attack in and around Damascus.

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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.

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.

During the strike an Iranian passenger plane, heading to Damascus, was forced to return to Tehran.

Numerous strikes have targeted an area south of Damascus.

Israel in recent years has carried out hundreds of airstrikes in Syria against targets linked to Iran, which alongside its proxies and Russian Federation is fighting on behalf of the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Tel Aviv, Tehran's long-time regional opponent, has repeatedly expressed security concerns over an alleged Iranian military presence next to its borders in Syria.


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