Syria’s air defenses intercept Israeli attack around Syrian capital
Syrian air defences shot down projectiles coming from “occupied territory”, a reference to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories, Reuters news agency reported, citing Syrian state television.
A later report described the projectiles as “hostile targets” which were fired “towards the province of Quneitra” near Golan Heights, parts of which are annexed by Israel.
Earlier SANA reported a “loud explosion” around the capital Damascus.
Israel does not usually comment on reports concerning its strikes in neighboring Syria, though it has recently acknowledged striking Iranian targets there. Israel has reportedly hit the base several times.
Quoting a political analyst, Sputnik reported that warplanes belonging to Israel allegedly targeted two of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) sites, located south and southwest of Damascus.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said the strike killed several Iranian fighters and wounded 17 Syrian troops and their allies.
Iran said on Friday it could “easily” hit United States warships in the Gulf, the latest in days of saber rattling.
The Israeli regime launches airstrikes on the Syrian territory from time to time.
Iran is an ally of Damascus and has offered military advisers and sent militiamen and material support to help President Bashar al-Assad’s government forces in the eight-year civil war.
Israel is anxious that Iran has transferred weapons and skills to Hezbollah during the conflict that might eventually be used in a war against it.