1st Israeli Strike Since Russian Delivery of Defense System to Syria

1st Israeli Strike Since Russian Delivery of Defense System to Syria

1st Israeli Strike Since Russian Delivery of Defense System to Syria

The news agency reported that the Syrian air force was responding to "continuous attacks" by enemy forces in the country's south, but did not attribute it to any specific source.

The Israeli military denied reports that one of its fighter jets had been shot down Thursday in Syria.

Syrian media have reported that air defenses were activated during an enemy strike on targets in the al-Kiswah region south of Damascus.

The Israeli army said a missile was sacked at the Golan Heights, but that it remains unclear whether the projectile fell in Israel.

A surface-to-air missile fired from Syrian territory exploded overnight in an open area near the Golan Heights, an Israeli military spokesman said Friday.

Head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said there are "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hizballah (group) as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh.

"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 outlet cited sources as saying Syrian Air defenses "foiled the aggression and though its density" and "dealt with all the hostile targets and downed them".

Another missile hit a military base, with no reported losses, the watchdog added.

Following an incident in October where Syria downed a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, Moscow provided Damascus with an advanced S-300 missile defense system.

Israel struck late Thursday the Kisweh area south of Damascus that is home to military bases.

Israeli air strikes inside Syrian territory have drawn criticism and recently caused tensions with Russian Federation, an ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

However, a surface-to-air missile was sacked at an open area in the Golan Heights and IDF forces are searching the area for additional hits.

According to the Syrian government's TV channel, all missiles have been intercepted.

Israel has repeatedly targeted military positions in Syria, including Kisweh.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined the country's war fighting alongside the government.

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