BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian military air defense thwarted rockets firing Israeli aircraft into army positions in Quneitra province early in the morning, media reports said. […] The attack near the village of Hader on the Israelite border. The occupied Golan Heights caused only material damage, the state news agency SANA said with a military Source.
There was no immediate opinion of the Israeli military.
Israel is deeply disturbed by the growing clout of its archenemy Iran, the seven-year war in Syria. Its Air Force has achieved numerous targets described as Iranian operations or arms deliveries to Lebanon-backed Iranian Hezbollah.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Russia on Wednesday that Israel would not overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad Moscow, its main ally, should encourage the Iranian armed forces to leave Syria, a senior Israeli official said.
Hours earlier, Israel had shot down a Syrian drone that violated its airspace and underlined the volatility of the border. Syria 's government troops were on high alert in response to rebels close to the Golan, which took Israel out of Syria during the 1967 war in the Middle East. Israel fears that Assad may have its Iranian allies planted near its lines or that Syrian forces could suspend demilitarization of the Golan in 1974
"The Israeli enemy plane fired several missiles toward some army positions," the Syrian state media quoted (19659009) Earlier this week, state media said air defense systems hit an Israeli fighter and shot down Israeli rockets targeting the T4 base in Homs province.
With the help of heavy Russian Air Force In the past three weeks, the Syrian army has seized parts of the province of Deraa from insurgents in the south. The offensive is to turn next to rebellious parts of Quneitra closer to the Golan.
(Report by Ellen Francis, edited by Chris Reese and James Dalgleish)