Syria accuses Israel of conducting missile strikes Thursday near Damascus

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Russia despatched S-300 missile system to Syria after one in every of its army jets was downed in September (AFP)

Damascus has accused Israel of launching strikes into Syria this week, in what a monitor mentioned had been the primary such missiles to focus on the nation since Syria’s military upgraded its air defence system after the downing of a Russian aircraft in September.

On Friday, the Syrian overseas ministry mentioned it had complained to the United Nations about “the Israeli aggression yesterday on the world of Kisweh, south of Damascus”.

A day earlier, Syrian state media reported that the nation’s air defences shot down “hostile targets” flying over Kisweh and “had been capable of foil its objectives” regardless of the “depth of the aggression”.

State media quoted a army supply as information of the strikes broke on Thursday, however didn’t specify what precisely was shot down.

In line with the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, the strikes hit two positions within the south of Damascus province, together with an space of Kisweh that counts Iranian weapons depots.

“Israeli forces bombarded for an hour,” Observatory chief Rami Abdel Rahman informed AFP information company.

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Two missiles hit “weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah [group] in addition to Iranian forces” in Kisweh, the Observatory mentioned, whereas one other missile hit the world of Harfa, the place there’s a Syrian army base.

The monitor didn’t say the way it was capable of confirm that the strikes got here from Israel.

In Kisweh, “the depots that had been focused are used to quickly retailer rockets till they’re taken some place else”, Abdel Rahman mentioned.

“It seems the Israelis had intelligence that weapons had arrived there lately,” he mentioned.

Preliminary studies by the Observatory prompt there have been no casualties, AFP reported.

Syrian state information company SANA, in the meantime, mentioned the assault was foiled and didn’t admit to any losses.

“Our air defences fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh space and downed them,” SANA mentioned, citing a army supply.

Israel rejects claims of downed jet

For its half, the Israeli army denied any of its belongings had been hit, however stopped wanting denying it had carried out strikes in any respect.

“Studies concerning an [Israeli army] plane or an airborne [army] goal having been hit are false,” it mentioned in an English-language assertion.

Israeli air strikes inside Syrian territory have drawn criticism, and lately triggered tensions with Russia, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

In September, a Russian transport plane was unintentionally downed by Syrian floor batteries in a pleasant hearth incident that Moscow blamed on Israel.

The Russian authorities mentioned the 17 September incident – during which 15 Russian crew members had been killed – solely occurred as a result of Israel was conducting air strikes towards Syrian targets on the time.

Russia subsequently upgraded Syrian air defences with the supply of the superior S-300 system, which Damascus mentioned final month would make Israel “think twice” earlier than finishing up additional air raids in Syria.

The transfer raised fears in Israel that its potential to rein in Iran’s army presence in Syria can be sharply decreased. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Moscow, nevertheless, that his authorities would proceed to hit hostile targets in Syria and “proceed safety coordination” with Russia.

There was no proof that the S-300 batteries had been used to intercept Thursday evening’s missiles.

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