Israel says it intercepts rocket over Golan fired from Syria

Syrian Armed Forces Deployed Along Manbij Border Aleppo Province 30 December 2018

Israel's military says it is striking Iranian targets in Syria after it intercepted a rocket fired from Syrian territory.

Israel's military said its Iron Dome interceptor system shot down a rocket that had been fired at the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on the Syria frontier on Sunday.

Syrian defense systems thwarted an Israeli air attack on Sunday in the south of the country, state media said, citing a military source. The premier said this move showed Israel's readiness to prevent Iran's efforts to entrench militarily in Syria.

The Israeli Army said on the same day that they had intercepted a rocket launched at the northern Golan Heights, without specifying where the rocket came from.

In Sunday's attack, approximately 10 missiles were fired at targets in al-Kiswah, according to Syrian media.

The Syrian air defenses were alerted on Sunday afternoon as a Mahan Air flight from Tehran to Damascus was about to make its approach to Damascus. "There are some people killed and injured but we could not verify the toll immediately", the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights told AFP.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in Chad, appeared to confirm that Israel was behind the strike.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Israel conducted airstrikes on Iranian weapons near Damascus airport on January 13 and Russian Federation warned Israel against further strikes near the airport.

Israel has vowed repeatedly to fight against Iran's presence and influence in Syria.

On Sunday morning, three Syrians were killed in a vehicle bomb explosion at the entrance to an army camp in southern Damascus.

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