Syria state TV says air defences repelled missile attack

Syrian Air Defense Shoots Down Several 'Hostile Enemy Targets'

Syria 'Shoots Down' Targets in Suspected Israeli Attack

Syrian air defense forces shot down an Israeli war plane and four missiles, Russia's RIA news agency said on Thursday citing a Syrian security source.

State TV reported that Syrian air force fired anti-air missiles in response to the strike, adding that all enemy targets were destroyed and that the foreign attack failed to achieve its intended goals, reports Xinhua news agency.

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

Military sources told SANA that the incoming projectiles were heading toward the al-Kiswah area.

According to the Syria Observatory for Human Rights, a London-based monitoring group, the strikes hit two positions in the south of Damascus province, including an area of Kisweh that counts Iranian weapons depots.

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

The incident occurred as part of Syrian anti-aircraft intervention against planes that last night attacked military targets south of Damascus.

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

"Furthermore, the report about a strike on an Israeli aircraft or an Israeli aerial target are bogus", said the statement.

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.

Iran is a key ally of Syria's Bashar Assad and supports a number of militias that have fought alongside the Syrian army and its allies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Moscow, however, that his government would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria and "continue security coordination" with Russian Federation.

There was no evidence however that the S-300 batteries were used to intercept Israeli missiles overnight.

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