Published: Fri, November 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Syrian army says downs ‘hostile targets’ in suspected Israel attack

Syrian army says downs ‘hostile targets’ in suspected Israel attack

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation his country would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

"Israeli forces bombarded for an hour positions in the southern and southwestern suburbs of Damascus as well as in the south of Syria at the border of Quneitra province", the Observatory's chief Rami Abdel Rahmane said.

According to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik new site, blasts were also heard near the town of al-Dimas, along the Damascus-Beirut highway, which may indicate that an arms shipment was targeted in the alleged Israeli strikes.

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.

Correspondents of the official Syrian Arab News Agency went on to report that the anti-air response was continuing, with a number of hostile targets destroyed without having achieved their goal. That came after the September 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked regional tensions.

"Our air defense forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles before they reached the targets", a Syrian security source was quoted as saying by Russia's RIA news agency on Thursday night.
Hezbollah is an ally of Iran and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Syria 'Shoots Down' Targets in Suspected Israeli Attack

Israeli jets on Thursday bombed several areas near Damascus as well as in southern Syria, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said.

Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes against Iranian targets in Syria in recent years.

The attack was the first since Russian Federation announced last month that it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria.

Moscow pinned responsibility for the downing of its jet on Israel, saying its plane used the larger Russian one for cover, an allegation Israel disputed.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told Moscow his government would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border. Despite the strained relationship with Russia, Israeli officials maintain that the IDF continues to operate in the country.

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