Damascus Complains to United Nations over Latest Israeli Strike

Hannah Rogers
December 2, 2018

The source said that all of the missiles aimed at the town of Kiswah, south of the capital Damascus, were shot down before landing on their targets. Israel did not confirm carrying out raids but denied any losses.

However, speaking to Reuters, an Israeli military spokesman rejected the RIA report as "bogus".

The area south of Damascus has been targeted by alleged Israeli strikes in the past, which a monitor said have killed members of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards force and other pro-Iranian militias.

"Our missile defenses opened fire at hostile targets and downed several of them above the southern outskirts of the capital", the agency quoted an unnamed military source as saying.

The director of the observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman, said that Israeli planes struck at two targets in the Damascus region, including one believed to be an Iranian arms depot.

It's not yet clear what is the exact "enemy targets", whether warplanes or rockets.

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"It appears the Israelis had intelligence that weapons had arrived there recently", he said. The army added that reports that Israeli aircraft was hit are incorrect.

Israel and the USA have even put pressure on Russian Federation, another close ally of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the war against terrorist groups, to chase Iran out of Syria.

Israel hit Iranian positions in southern Syria for the first time since the downing of a Russian plane last September, various sources said Thursday.

The attack was the first since Russian Federation announced last month that it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria.

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.

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation his country would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

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