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Report: Israel fires missiles at border town in southern Syria

Wednesday 12/June/2019 - 11:35 AM
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Syrian state media reported early Wednesday that Israel had fired several missiles toward the town of al-Harra just across the Golan Heights border and said air defenses intercepted several of the projectiles.

There were no immediate reports of injuries and no Israeli response to the claims.

The report also claimed that Israel was jamming Syrian air defense radars in the area.

While Israel has carried out hundreds of strikes in Syria، the have usually targeted bases linked with Iran. In the rare occasions that Israel has targeted villages and towns along the Golan Heights border it has been after identifying Iranian and Hezbollah attempts to set up cells in the area.

On Saturday، two rockets were fired from Syria toward Israel’s Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights. There were no reports of injuries or damage.

The Israel Defense Forces said it was still investigating if both projectiles landed inside Israeli territory. The military was also checking if the rocket fire was intentionally directed at Israel and if so by whom. There has been no fighting reported in the area around the Syrian-Israeli border in recent days، indicating this was not likely the result of errant fire from internal battles.

The launches came less than a week after a limited clash between Israel and Syria.

On Monday، a Syrian anti-aircraft battery fired at an Israeli fighter jet that was flying within Israeli airspace. Shortly afterward، in response، the IDF attacked the battery and destroyed it، reportedly killing a Syrian officer and soldier. A military vehicle was also said damaged in the attack.

Edited by Rabea Yehia




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