Syria and Russia say their air defense units have in two separate incidents targeted objects breaching Syrian air space as pro-Damascus forces continue to maintain the upper hand over Takfiri terrorists on the battlefield، Press TV reported.
Syria's official SANA news agency reported early on Saturday that air defenses had managed to confront a "hostile target" over Dayr al-Ashayer، west of capital Damascus.
The report، however، did not specify the type of the target and its origin.
There were also no immediate reports of possible casualties or material damage.
The development comes at a time that the Syrian government، backed by its allies، namely Iran، Russia and Lebanon’s Hezbollah resistance movement، has made sizeable gains on several fronts against the foreign-backed terror groups، many of which enjoy the support of Israel، the US and their allies.
Israel has recently increased its airstrikes on the Syrian territory in a bid generally considered to have been meant to prop up anti-Damascus militants. This comes as the Syrian army has been liberating most of the southern areas near the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and has also been pressing ahead with counter-terrorism operations in the northwestern province of Idlib.
In an interview with Russia's RT television network in May، President Bashr al-Assad hailed the capability of the Syrian air defense systems to foil enemy strikes.
“Our air defense is much stronger than before، thanks to the Russian support، and the recent attacks by the Israelis and by the Americans and British and French proved that we are in a better situation،” he said.