Syria 'Shoots Down' Targets in Suspected Israeli Attack

People ride past destroyed buildings in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk southern Damascus on Nov 1 2018

People ride past destroyed buildings in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk southern Damascus on Nov 1 2018

Syrian state media reported they'd fired on several enemy projectiles, and that Israeli airstrikes had "failed to achieve any of its objectives".

Two missiles hit "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah (group) as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitor linked to the opposition, said Israeli missiles targeted areas just south of Damascus all the way to the Qunaitra region on the edge of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights.

A Syrian opposition figure familiar with the area where the incident occurred said its proximity to the Golan Heights made it a hub for the recruitment of Iran-backed militias and their deployment across the strategic border area with Israel.

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

"Air defense intercepts hostile targets over al-Kiswah and downed them", a military source was quoted as saying by Syria's SANA news outlet.

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The report said among the areas hit was the countryside of Kisweh, home to military bases, just south of Damascus.

It said a Syrian surface-to-air missile was sacked in the direction of an open area of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights but it was unclear if it had hit Israeli-held territory.

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. Israel has not commented on the attack.

After the September attack, Russian Federation and Syrian government blamed Israel for the losses and Moscow was quick to equip Damascus with the advanced S-300 air defense missile system.

The bill would facilitate the continued use of economic sanctions and visa restrictions to hold accountable members of the Syrian government, the White House statement added.

In recent years, Israel has acknowledged conducting hundreds of airstrikes in Syria, which it says were aimed at both preventing Iran from establishing a permanent military presence in Syria and blocking the transfer of advanced munitions to Hezbollah in Lebanon.

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