Syrian air defence foiled Israeli missile strike at military base, state media claims

Posted In: News Date:Jul 12th, 2018

Syrian military air defences thwarted missiles that Israeli aircraft fired at army positions in Quneitra province in the early hours of Thursday, state media said. The attack near Hader village at the frontier of the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights caused only material damage, state news agency SANA cited a military source as saying.

There was no immediate comment from the Israeli military.

Israel has grown deeply alarmed by the expanding clout of its arch-enemy Iran during the seven-year war in Syria. Its air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not seek to topple Syrian President Bashar al-Assad but that Moscow, his key ally, should encourage Iranian forces to quit Syria, a senior Israeli official said.

Hours before, Israel said it shot down a Syrian drone that had violated its airspace, underscoring the frontier's volatility.