Israel carries out airstrikes in Syria

Syria 'Shoots Down' Targets in Suspected Israeli Attack

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

"Israel has targeted this area because the Syrian army barracks there have become a recruiting ground for Hezbollah and their militias to deploy in Quneitra", Said Seif told Reuters.

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

In 2017, the BBC, quoting a Western intelligence source, reported the Iranian military had a compound outside Al Kisweh.

Focusing its attention on Friday's US-led coalition attack on the village of al-Safa, which led to the deaths of over 30 civilians, as well as the Israeli air forces' alleged Thursday strikes, the letter argued that the strikes "clearly reflect the US's disregard for humanitarian values and its confempt for global law".

Initial reports by the Observatory suggested there were no casualties.

In recent months, Israel has carried out a number of military operations inside Syrian territory targeting Syrian and Iranian military sites.

Abdel Rahman said Thursday was the first time Syria's air defenses had been called into action since the incident on September 17 in which 15 Russians were killed.

"Reports regarding an IDF (Israeli military) aircraft or an airborne IDF target having been hit are false", it said in an English-language statement.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Thursday night counterattacks.

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 and the United States have even put pressure on Russian Federation, another close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war against terrorist groups, to chase Iran out of Syria.

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

Israel is concerned that Iran's growing presence in Syria poses a threat to its own security and has struck dozens of Iranian and Iran-backed positions in Syria over the course of the country's seven-year conflict.

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation his country would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

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