Syria shoots downs 'most of Israeli missiles' fired towards Damascus

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel had at the weekend carried out an air strike on Iranian weapons in Syria, a rare public confirmation of such attacks.

The abruptly announced decision to quit Syria had taken USA allies by surprise, and Israel anxious over whether Iran would be left with free rein to operate there and whether Russian Federation would respond to its calls to limit it.

"The [Israel Defense Forces] has on hundreds of occasions attacked targets of Iran and Hezbollah", Netanyahu said at the opening of his weekly cabinet meeting.

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The Jerusalem Post quotes "Syrian opposition" as saying that the Israeli Air Force attacked the bases of Iranian militias and Assad's forces southwest of Damascus. "The accumulation of recent attacks proves that we are determined more than ever to take action against Iran in Syria, just as we promised". Syria called on the UN Security Council to act to prevent further attacks and to "implement the decisions concerning the control over the Golan Heights".

According to the Syrian Foreign Ministry, Israel's continued aggression is possible only thanks to the "military, political and media cover provided by the United States administration".

He said Syrian air defense units shot down most of the missiles, but gave no details on other sites targeted.

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The Israeli warplanes flew from the Galilee Panhandle and fired several missiles on the vicinity of the capital Damascus, said an army statement.

Israeli warplanes last struck targets in Syria on Christmas Day.

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