Syrian air defences shoot down Israeli missiles

The Russian defence ministry said three Syrian military personnel were injured in a strike that saw Israeli warplanes drop 16 bombs.

United Kingdom -based monitoring group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights confirmed in a statement that rockets were indeed fired towards the occupied Golan.

The IDF later tweeted that its air defence systems were "activated in response to an anti-aircraft missile launched from Syria".

The Israeli attack is the latest in a string of missiles strikes targeting Syrian positions throughout the crisis over the pretext that they are targeting positions of Iranian-backed forces and allied Hezbollah fighters.

There were no casualties or damage to property in Israel, the military said.

Iran has repeatedly denied the accusations, insisting that only military advisers, invited by Damascus, are present in Syria.

Addressing a graduation ceremony for new pilots at an Israeli air force base on Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made no direct reference to specific attacks or Moscow's criticism.

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State television Al-Ekhbariya carried a breaking ticker saying air defenses had intercepted missiles.

Speaking on Israeli army radio, Yadlin said: "The probability [of the report] is very low", adding that "we're trying to piece the picture together, with the official Israel remaining silent". But, a war monitor says the air raid targeted arms depots for Lebanon's Hezbollah group and Iranian forces.

Russia, blaming Israel for the incident, agreed to supply Syria with its advanced S-300 air defense system which Damascus had said would make Israel "think carefully" before carrying out further air raids.

An Israeli airstrike in Syria on Tuesday night targeted several senior members of the Hezbollah terror organization as they boarded a plane to Iran, according to a U.S. Defense Department source citing an Israeli military official, Newsweek reported.

If confirmed, Tuesday´s reported strike would be the first by Israel since the USA withdrawal was announced.

Israel is widely believed to have been behind a series of air strikes in the past that mainly targeted Iranian and Hezbollah forces fighting alongside the regime in Syria.

  • Sonia Alvarado