World Israeli air strikes hit southwest Syria: Damascus state media

03:05  12 july  2018
03:05  12 july  2018 Source:   msn.com

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Israeli airstrikes have hit targets near Damascus International Airport and in the town of Dimas near the Lebanon border, Syrian state TV reports. The Israeli Air Force has carried out several airstrikes in Syria since the beginning of the civil war there.

Syrian air defenses were deployed to thwart an attack by the Israeli rockets, Syria ’s state SANA news agency reported. A day after Trump reneged on the internationally acclaimed agreement, Israel hit a Syrian army position in the Kisweh area south of Damascus .

Missiles likely fired by Israeli forces hit the north of the province and areas along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to a war monitor © Provided by AFP Missiles likely fired by Israeli forces hit the north of the province and areas along the border with the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to a war monitor

Israeli air strikes on Wednesday hit Syrian army positions in the southwest of the country near the occupied Golan Heights, state news agency SANA said.

"The aircraft of the Israeli enemy launches a number of missiles at several army positions" in the southwestern province of Quneitra, causing material damage, it said.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said missiles likely fired by Israeli forces hit the north of the province and areas along the border with the Golan.

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State media say missiles were intercepted near Damascus , but activists say an Iranian facility was hit . Israel is reported to have carried out a missile strike on a military outpost south of the Syrian capital, Damascus .

Some of the missiles Israel launched into Syrian territory have broken through the defenses deployed by Damascus and hit radar and air defense positions, state media outlet SANA said, citing a military source.

"Missile strikes hit the area of Hadar in the north of Quneitra, and others hit positions of the regime forces and their allies near the Baath town and Jaba village," the monitor said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties, it said.

Earlier on Wednesday, Israel fired a Patriot missile to intercept what initial findings showed was an unarmed drone that may have been on an intelligence mission, the Israeli army said.

It was not clear if the unmanned aerial vehicle had strayed across Syria's ceasefire line with Israel unintentionally.

Israel has been on alert in recent weeks over fighting in the south of neighbouring Syria, warning that ceasefire lines between the two countries must be respected.

Spillover fire from Syria's civil war has occasionally landed in the Israeli-controlled Golan.

Israel is particularly worried about the presence of Damascus ally Iran next door in Syria.

Damascus has set its sights on ousting rebels from Quneitra and the adjacent Daraa province, where Syria's uprising started in 2011.

The regime has retaken more than 80 percent of Daraa province since June 19, after a bombardment campaign and deals with the opposition.

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As the Syrian government recaptures increasing amounts of territory in the southwest and other regions of the country, Western allies have grown increasingly concerned about the safety of a group of unarmed volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets. The fate of some 1,000 volunteers and their family members, and the need to plan a possible evacuation for them, has become a focus of discussions of several countries, including the United States, United Kingdom, France and Canada, according to a diplomatic source familiar with the subject and two administration officials.

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