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Syrian air defences confront Israeli rockets - state media

Syrian air defences confront Israeli rockets - state media

Since intervening in the Syrian civil war on behalf of President Bashar Assad in 2015, Russian Federation has generally turned a blind eye to Israeli attacks on suspected arms transfers and deployments by Assad's Iranian and Lebanese Hezbollah allies.

"It openly calls daily for our destruction, the elimination of Israel from the face of the earth and it practices unmitigated aggression against us", he added.

Israel's military says Iranian forces based in neighboring Syria fired about 20 projectiles at Israeli positions in the Golan Heights.

"Israel has military dominance and free hand to carry out those kinds of attacks on targets inside Syria", said Gary Samore, who served as a deputy national security adviser to former USA president George W. Bush. During the Syrian Civil War errant fire struck the Golan several times; usually local organizations in southern Syria that are affiliated with Iran, Hezbollah and the Assad regime were behind those rockets.

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A long exposure picture shows Israeli artillery deployed missiles towards Syrian military targets, on the Golan Heights, next to the Israeli-Syrian border.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Wednesday that Israel has attacked targets of the Syrian military on the outskirts of Quneitra in the Golan Heights.

Syrian state media have just reported that air-defense systems engaged in response to a new round of Israeli missiles targeting Syria. As that war winds down, and Assad appears to be headed toward victory, Israel fears that Iran, along with tens of thousands of Iranian-backed Shiite militiamen, will carry out attacks against Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu travelled to Moscow on Wednesday to meet with President Vladimir Putin and discuss military co-ordination in Syria.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday hailed U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from an global nuclear agreement with Iran, saying it had been a "recipe for disaster".

Asked if Israel retaliated for the salvo, he said: "We have retaliated but I have no further details about this".

The army would not comment on what exactly was sacked from Syria towards Israel. Israel has warned that it will not allow Iran to establish a permanent military presence in Syria.

Israel had been on high alert already after the country claimed to detect unusual "Iranian activity" in Syria. After an uneventful night, the military on Wednesday called on residents to return to "full civilian routine", meaning studies and excursions would continue as usual, although the shelters would remain open.

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