Syria downs Israeli missiles over Damascus: state media

Четверг, 21 Ноя, 2019

Israel said its aircraft struck dozens of Iranian and Syrian targets in Syria in retaliation for rockets fired at it the day before, which it shot down.

SANA, the Syrian Arab News Agency, reported that two civilians were killed when an Israeli missile hit a private home in a town located outside of Damascus.

More than 100 people have been killed during large anti-government protests in Iran which broke out this week, according to Amnesty International. After the Syrian military fired an air defence missile, the Israeli military said a number of Syrian aerial defence batteries were also destroyed.

Israeli air defense systems captured the projectiles, the military said, and no harm was caused to Israeli communities in the Golan Heights after warning sirens awoke residents there early in the morning.

Iran has deployed forces in Syria, Israel's northern neighbour, on the request of Damascus, and supports the Hezbollah movement in Lebanon.

An entire family was pulled from under the rubble when an Israeli missile fell in the area, said the observatory. The targets included surface-to-air missiles, headquarters, weapons depots, and military bases, Israel's military spokesperson Lt. Col. Avichay Adraee said on Twitter.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the Israeli missiles targeted military positions in the Sehnaya, Kisweh and Sasa areas in southern Damascus, the Mazzeh air base and Jdaidet Artouz in western Damascus as well as in the Qudsaya suburb northwest of Damascus. The IDF will continue to act firmly and harshly against Iran's presence in Syria.

The strikes occurred at least in part because senior Israelis believe the U.S will not succeed in stopping the Iranian rush to the bomb.

The elite Quds Force is the overseas arm of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp (IRGC).

Earlier on Tuesday, the occupation army announced that several rockets were fired from Syria's Golan and landed in the occupied territories.

Al-Ajouri was not killed in the attack, although his son and another died. The rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome missile defense system.

The Israeli military would not comment on the explosions in Syria, but Defense Minister Naftali Bennett was convening the top military brass in Tel Aviv to discuss the latest developments.

The flareup follows a major escalation in and around Gaza last week when Israel carried out the targeted killing of a commander of Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad, which is allied with Damascus.

"Our message to the leaders of Iranian is simple: You are not immune anymore".