Syria says air defence downs Israeli missiles
ATTENTION - ADDS monitor reporting Hezbollah was target ///
Damascus, June 12, 2019 (AFP) - Syrian air defence shot down Israeli
missiles targeting the south of the country Wednesday, state media said, as a
monitor reported positions of the regime's Lebanese ally Hezbollah had been
The attack was launched in the early hours of the morning against the Tall
al-Hara sector near the Golan Heights, according to official news agency SANA,
which said there had been no casualties.
It did not specify what had been targeted.
SANA also accused Israel of conducting an "electronic war" and "jamming"
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based war monitor, said
the strikes had targeted positions of the Hezbollah Shiite movement in two
locations, but without causing any casualties.
"All the positions hit had the Lebanese Hezbollah there," Observatory head
Rami Abdel Rahman said.
The missiles targeted Tall al-Hara, a hill in the southern province of
Daraa where Hezbollah has radars and the regime has air defence batteries,
said the Observatory, which relies on sources inside Syria for its information.
It also targeted barracks for the Lebanese fighters in the abandoned town
of Quneitra on the Syrian-controlled side of a demilitarised zone between both
countries in the Golan.
The town has been largely in ruins for over four decades since it was razed
by Israeli forces before they withdrew under a 1974 United Nations agreement.
Israel has carried out hundreds of air strikes in Syria since the beginning
of the conflict in 2011, targeting forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad
and the regime's allies Iran and Hezbollah.
Earlier this month, Israel struck multiple positions held by regime forces
over a period of 24 hours, killing 15 combatants according to the Observatory.
In January, it targeted Iranian positions in Syria in what it said was a
response to an Iranian missile strike from inside the country.
That attack killed 21, mostly Iranians.
Israel says it is determined to prevent its arch foe Iran from entrenching
itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs Assad in the country's
eight-year war, which has left more than 370,000 people dead and displaced
Israel and Hezbollah have fought several wars, the latest in 2006.