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Syrian air defenses down several missiles from Israel: Syrian state TV

Reuters , Friday 14 Feb 2020
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File photo: This image grab taken from a video released by the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) on February 6, 2020, shows an explosion following an Israeli air strike on an undisclosed location in Syria. (AFP)
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Syrian air defenses downed several missiles coming across the occupied Golan Heights from Israel before they hit their targets in the capital Damascus, Syrian state television said on Thursday.

"The hostile missiles came from the occupied Golan ... and they were downed before they reached their targets," an army statement said.

Damascus earlier this month accused Israel of attacking military targets in southern Syria including near the capital.

An Israeli military spokesman said they do not comment on foreign reports.

Israel, which considers Iran its biggest threat, has repeatedly attacked Iranian targets in Syria and those of allied militia, including Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Iran's growing influence in Syria, where it has struck economic and trade deals, has deepened the concerns of Israel and in the last few years raised the prospect of a military confrontation.

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