Syria: Air defense downs Israeli missiles
Updated 16:58, 12-Jun-2019

Syrian air defense shot down Israeli missiles targeting the south of the country Wednesday, the state media said.

The attack was launched in the early hours of the morning against the Tall al-Hara sector near the Golan Heights, according to official news agency SANA, which said there had been no casualties.

It did not specify what had been targeted.

SANA also said Israel of conducting an "electronic war" and "jamming" Syrian radar.

Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria since the beginning of the conflict in 2011, targeting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad and the regime's allies Iran and Hezbollah.

Earlier this month, Israel struck multiple positions held by regime forces over a period of 24 hours, killing 15 combatants according to the Observatory.

In January, it targeted Iranian positions in Syria in what it said was a response to an Iranian missile strike from inside the country. That attack killed 21, mostly Iranians.

Israel says it is determined to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad in the country's eight-year war, which has left more than 370,000 people dead and displaced millions.

Israel and Hezbollah have fought several wars, the latest in 2006.

(Cover: A view shows the town of Majdal Shams near the ceasefire line between Israel and Syria, taken from Ain Al-Tineh village, Syria, March 26, 2019. /VCG Photo)

Source(s): AFP