Syria says downs 'hostile targets' in suspected Israeli attack

Syria 'Shoots Down' Targets in Suspected Israeli Attack

Syrian opposition sources and groups on the ground said the area was close to where the Iranian-backed Lebanese group Hezbollah has a powerful presence with several bases. "Yet the IDF has denied a particular report that it had lost a warplane during the raid on Syria".

In Kisweh, "the depots that were targeted are used to temporarily store rockets until they are taken somewhere else", Abdel Rahman said.

"Our air defences fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh area and downed them", the official SANA news agency reported, citing a military source.

The reported strikes come days after an i24NEWS report that two new Syrian military divisions, trained and led by officers of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Al-Quds force, had been mobilized to Syria's borders - including the frontier with Israel.

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 USA said on Thursday.

Initial reports by the Observatory suggested there were no casualties.

"A high-ranked Syrian security source in a comment to Sputnik on Friday denied statements about an Israeli combat plane shot down by the Syrian air defense, confirming that Damascus' forces had indeed downed several aerial targets that had attacked the Syrian territory".




Working to prevent the entrenchment of Iranian forces and the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the Israel Air Force has admitted to carrying out hundreds of airstrike in Syria.

The Israeli military had made no comment on the reported strikes during which Syrian air defenses opened fire for the first time since the deadly downing of a Russian transport plane in September, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.

Russian Federation is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, and its intervention in the civil war, beginning in 2015, turned the tide in his favor.

Following the incident, Russian Federation sent advanced air defence missiles to Damascus.

The move raised fears in Israel that its ability to rein in its arch foe Iran's military presence in its northeastern neighbour would be sharply reduced.

The Sept. 17 downing by Syrian anti-aircraft fire, after Israeli jets attacked a suspected Iranian arms shipment to Syria, caused a diplomatic rift between Israel and Russian Federation, and Moscow blamed Israel for the incident.

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