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Israel says Syria fired anti-aircraft missile toward it during reported Israeli strike

Israeli F35 I fighter jets take part in the
Israeli F35 I fighter jets take part in the "Blue Flag" multinational air defence exercise at the Ovda air force base, north of the Israeli city of Eilat. (AFP file photo)
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09 Feb 2022 12:02:18 GMT9
09 Feb 2022 12:02:18 GMT9
  • An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the report that Israel had carried out a missile strike

JERUSALEM: Syrian state television reported an Israeli strike around Damascus on Wednesday and the Israeli military said a Syrian anti-aircraft missile was fired toward Israel, triggering sirens and exploding in mid-air.

The alert in northern Israel and parts of the occupied West Bank coincided with reports on Syrian state TV that Syrian air defenses had downed a number of Israeli missiles over Damascus.

An Israeli military spokesperson declined to comment on the report that Israel had carried out a missile strike.

“The launch of an anti-aircraft missile from Syrian territory toward Israel was identified,” the Israeli military said on Twitter.

“The missile exploded in mid-air and there was no need to intercept it.”

Israel has mounted frequent attacks against what it says are Iranian targets in Syria, where Tehran-backed forces led by Lebanon’s Hezbollah have supported President Bashar Assad over the past decade in Syria’s civil war.

Reuters

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