Israel denies one of its fighter jets was downed

03 December, 2018, 02:47 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Syrian Air Defense Shoots Down Several 'Hostile Enemy Targets'

In its statement Friday, the Syrian Foreign Ministry said the Israeli attack on Thursday evening and the US-led attack that killed 30 civilians in eastern Syria on Friday are part of the aggression circle against Syria.

The Syrian armed forces shot down "aggressive opponent targets" southern of Damascus on Thursday evening, according to records by state media.

Abdel Rahman said Thursday was the first time the Assad regime's air defenses had been called into action since the incident on September 17 in which 15 Russians were killed.

Another missile hit the area of Harfa, where there is a Syrian military base, the Britain-based monitor said.

The monitor did not say how it was able to verify that the strikes came from Israel.

"It appears the Israelis had intelligence that weapons had arrived there recently", he added.

Initial reports by the Observatory suggested there were no casualties. Another Syrian news agency claimed that the sites belonged to Iranian militias, but this report is yet to be confirmed.

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On Sept. 17, Syrian anti-aircraft missiles downed a Russian plane shortly after Israel carried out a strike on a weapons facility of the army of Bashar Assad, the embattled Syrian president, who is supported by Russia.

Russian Federation is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his favor.

In September, a Russian transport aircraft was accidentally downed by Syrian ground batteries in a friendly fire incident that Moscow blamed on Israel.

The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said that Israeli planes struck at two targets in the Damascus region, including one believed to be an Iranian arms depot.

Deemed to be more efficient and advanced than any other interceptor missile system now in Syrian possession, the S-300 can intercept not only planes but also ballistic missiles with ranges of up to 250 kilometers and at a very high altitude.

The side behind the attack is not yet clear, but Israel has repeatedly targeted military positions in Syria, including in Kisweh.

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