DAMASCUS, Syria: Syria’s air defenses confronted an aerial “aggression” over the country’s south late Thursday, shooting down several targets and preventing them from carrying out their mission in the first such attack since Syria received a Russian air defense system last month, state TV said.
The report said among the areas hit was the countryside of Kisweh, home
to military bases, just south of Damascus. It was not immediately clear
who was behind the attack but Israel has carried out dozens of
airstrikes on Syria over the past years.
Syria said Israeli warplanes attacked a military outpost in Kisweh in May.
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
Syria’s state news agency SANA said the Syrian military repelled the attack “despite its intensity.”
The attack was the first since Russia announced last month that it had
delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria. That came after the
Sept. 17 downing of a Russian reconnaissance plane by Syrian forces
responding to an Israeli airstrike, a friendly fire incident that stoked
Russia is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its
intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his
There was no immediate comment from Israel, which almost never confirms
or denies airstrikes in Syria. Such attacks have become more frequent
recently, amid soaring tensions between regional archenemies Israel and
Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of airstrikes
mainly targeting Iranian and Hezbollah forces in Syria that have joined
the country’s war fighting alongside the government.
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