Published: Mon, December 03, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Damascus Complains to United Nations over Latest Israeli Strike

Damascus Complains to United Nations over Latest Israeli Strike

Syria's state news agency SANA said the Syrian military repelled the attack "despite its intensity".

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

The Israeli military denied reports that one of its fighter jets had been shot down Thursday in Syria.

Syrian air defenses responded to the attack aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus Thursday night, destroying at least five missiles.

A surface-to-air missile fired from Syrian territory exploded overnight in an open area near the Golan Heights, an Israeli military spokesman said Friday.

While the official Syrian media outlets hinted that Israel is behind the attack, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a war monitoring group based in Britain, explicitly stated that Israel carried out the attack in the southern and southwestern countryside of Damascus near the administrative border with the southern province of Quneitra.

An unconfirmed report from Ria Novosti said that an Israeli Air Force jet and four Israeli missiles were taken down.

Following an incident in October where Syria downed a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, Moscow provided Damascus with an advanced S-300 missile defense system.

Iran is a key ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and supports a number of militias that have fought alongside the Syrian army and its allies.

If Israel is behind the attack, it would be the first attack since September when its airstrike confused the Syrian air defenses which mistakenly mistakenly shot down a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing 15 Russian servicemen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had told Moscow his government would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

The S-300 systems were delivered to Syria last month, but they are not yet believed to be in use, as the Syrian air defense teams still need to be trained to operate them.

Israel claims that Iran's presence in Syria as part of an advisory mission requested by Damascus poses a threat to the regime's security.

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