Syria say it shoots down 'Israeli war plane' near Damascus & IOF denies

Syrian air defenses fire missiles to repel Israeli warplanes attacking government positions in this undated Reuters

This was reported by the RIA Novosti news Agency with reference to own sources in the security cap.

Sources in Damascus spoke Thursday about missiles fired on hostile targets over the Kisweh area and of downing them, while Russian sources reported hitting an Israeli warplane.

According to the IDF Spokesperson's Unit, the Syrian reports are false and no Israeli plane was shot down.

"At this point, it remains unclear if the launch indeed landed in Israeli territory", it said, adding that Israeli troops were searching the area for possible remnants of the missile.

Head of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights Rami Abdel Rahman said there are "weapons depots belonging to the Lebanese Hizballah (group) as well as Iranian forces" in Kisweh.

The outlet cited sources as saying Syrian Air defenses "foiled the aggression and though its density" and "dealt with all the hostile targets and downed them".

The Israeli military denied any of its assets were hit but stopped short of denying it had conducted strikes at all.

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"Israel has targeted this area because the Syrian army barracks there have become a recruiting ground for Hezbollah and their militias to deploy in Quneitra", Said Seif told Reuters.

Following an incident in October where Syria downed a Russian plane during an Israeli air strike in Syria, Moscow provided Damascus with an advanced S-300 missile defense system.

If Israel is behind the attack, it would be the first attack since September when its airstrike confused the Syrian air defenses which mistakenly mistakenly shot down a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing 15 Russian servicemen.

Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Russian Federation his country would continue to hit hostile targets in Syria to prevent Iran from establishing a military presence across the border.

Deemed to be more efficient and advanced than any other interceptor missile system now in Syrian possession, the S-300 can intercept not only planes but also ballistic missiles with ranges of up to 250 kilometers and at a very high altitude.

Syria complained to the United Nations about the incident, blaming Israel.

It is not yet clear whether the S-300s were among the air defense systems used in the Thursday night counterattacks.

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