Israeli and Syrian military trade claims on airstrikes

Israeli soldiers look at the Syrian side of the Israel Syria border on the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights Israel

In a statement, it said it was "currently striking" the Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force in Syria and warned Syria's military against "attempting to harm Israeli territory or forces".

The official Syrian news agency SANA reported earlier on Sunday cited a military source that reported the Syrian air defenses had confronted an Israeli aerial attack targeted at the country's southern region and "prevented it from achieving any of its objectives".

Syria's Pantsir and Buk air defense missile systems were used to shoot down Israeli rockets and knocked out seven of them. The premier said this move showed Israel's readiness to prevent Iran's efforts to entrench militarily in Syria.

An Israeli military spokesperson told the AFP news agency that the rocket was intercepted by its Iron Dome defence system over the northern Golan Heights, Syrian territory that Israel has occupied since 1967.

A military spokeswoman told AFP the rocket was sacked from Syria.

It said that the attack triggered Syrian air defense systems.

Israel rarely publicly confirms its strikes in Syria. According to Syrian state television, the attack was conducted from the airspace of Lebanon.

"This policy doesn't change, whether I am in Israel or on a historic visit in Chad".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said last week that Israel conducted airstrikes on Iranian weapons near Damascus airport on January 13 and Russian Federation warned Israel against further strikes near the airport. "Just in the past 36 hours, the air force attacked Iranian depots full of Iranian weapons in the Damascus International Airport".

The projectile was launched from Syria after Damascus accused Jerusalem of carrying out a rare daytime attack on the south of the country on Sunday.

Israel has vowed repeatedly to fight against Iran's presence and influence in Syria.



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