Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
World News | By Sandy Lane

Israeli jets 'bomb targets near Damascus, southern Syria'

Israeli jets 'bomb targets near Damascus, southern Syria'

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the Syrian reports are false and no Israeli plane was shot down.

However, speaking to Reuters, an Israeli military spokesman rejected the RIA report as "bogus".

Among the targets struck were two Syrian army brigades where Lebanon's Hezbollah group is embedded alongside a rocket depot close to its bases near the border with Lebanon, another Syrian army defector in touch with military personnel said.

Two missiles hit "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hezbollah [militant group] as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh.

Correspondents of the official Syrian Arab News Agency went on to report that the anti-air response was continuing, with a number of hostile targets destroyed without having achieved their goal.

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Russia's state-run RIA Novosti outlet cited a Syrian security source as saying the defenses downed an Israeli warplane and four missiles, but the Israeli Defense Ministry declined to comment.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in neighboring Syria against what it says are Iranian targets.

Abdel Rahman said Thursday was the first time Syria's air defences had been called into action since the September downing and the delivery of advanced new Russian missiles. The Astana process followed a Russian military intervention which tipped the military balance in favor of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's authoritarian regime.

The Observatory said later Thursday that Israeli jets bombed several areas near Damascus as well as in southern Syria.

The Israeli army said a missile was sacked at the Golan Heights, but that it remains unclear whether the projectile fell in Israel.

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The Astana process by Russia, Iran and Turkey to end the Syrian conflict has only led to a "stalemate" in efforts to establish a constitutional committee crucial to a political settlement, the United States said on Thursday.

Israeli soldiers were scanning the area, the Israeli newspaper said. Operation of the system could thus make Israeli jets far more vulnerable in any future missions in Syria.

The attack was the first since Russian Federation announced last month that it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told Moscow his government would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

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