Israel accused of airstrike on Hezbollah weapons cache in Syria

Geraldine Edwards
December 3, 2018

However, he denied reports from Syrian sources claiming that the Israeli jet was hit.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry on Friday confirmed that Israel was behind the strikes that targeted Syrian sites south of the capital Damascus a day earlier, state news agency SANA reported.

State media cited a military source as news of the strikes broke on Thursday, but did not specify what exactly was shot down.

Israeli jets on Thursday bombed several areas near the Syrian capital Damascus as well as in the country's south, in its first reported strikes in the country since September.

"At this point, it remains unclear if the launch indeed landed in Israeli territory", it said, adding that Israeli troops were searching the area for possible remnants of the missile.

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The Syrian military has shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles over the country's southern region, reports say.

Israeli military forces were deployed to search the area for exploded or fallen ordnance.

The reported strikes come days after an i24NEWS report that two new Syrian military divisions, trained and led by officers of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Al-Quds force, had been mobilized to Syria's borders - including the frontier with Israel.

"Reports of an Israeli aircraft or other Israeli aerial platform being hit are false".

Hitting nothing was still enough for Israel to spend a solid hour striking targets around south Syria and metro Damascus.

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"During a Syrian surface-to-air missile launching, one launch was identified towards an open area in the Golan Heights", an Israeli military spokesperson said in a statement.

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of militias that have fought alongside the Syrian army and its allies.

The S-300 systems were delivered to Syria last month, but they are not yet believed to be in use, as the Syrian air defense teams still need to be trained to operate them.

He added that Israel would "continue security coordination" with Russian Federation.

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