Syrian army claims it shot down Israeli jet, missiles

Nellie Chapman
January 10, 2018

At 2:40am local time (0040 GMT), Israeli warplanes fired several missiles from inside the Lebanese airspace on the Syrian area of Qutaifa in the countryside of the capital Damascus, said the statement, adding that the Syrian air defenses responded by hitting one of the Israeli warplanes.

The Syrian air force said Tuesday it has shot down an Israeli jet following the missile attack by the Jewish State on military outposts near Damascus.

Israeli jets and ground to ground missile attacks on targets in the outskirts of Damascus are a mark of Israel's heightened concern as President Bashar al-Assad comes close to winning the civil war in Syria.

Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, speaking to ambassadors of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation countries in Israel, said: "We have a long-standing policy to prevent the transfer of game-changing weapons to Hezbollah from Syrian territory".

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Syria warned the Israeli side about risks posed by such attacks, according to the outlet. The Syrian Foreign Ministry emphasized that Israel's attacks on Syria will not protect ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front, which "cooperate with Israel and its agents".

Israel is concerned about the return of the Syrian Army to parts of southern Syria close to Israel as it tries to reopen the road to Jordan. The official Syrian news site SANA said the country's General Command of the armed forces holds Israel responsible for the attacks and any ramifications.

Iran, Israel's main enemy, backs Assad in the war along with Russian Federation.

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