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    Syria stopped an Israeli attack in Golan Heights. | Photo: Reuters

Published 20 January 2019

Syrian state media reported that an Israeli missile attack was thwarted by Syrian air defense which shot down seven Israeli missiles. 

Syrian military air defenses thwarted an Israeli attack Sunday, it’s state media reported. The defense system shot down seven missiles targeting an airport in southeastern Damascus, Russia's National Defense Control Center was cited by RIA news agency as saying.

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The attack, launched by four Israeli F-16 jets, did not damage the airport and there were no casualties, the control center was cited as saying.

"Our air defense systems thwarted ... an Israeli air aggression ... and prevented it from achieving any of its goals," a military source told state news agency SANA. It gave no further details.

An Israeli military spokeswoman declined to comment.

The Israeli military later said its Iron Dome interceptor system shot down a rocket fired at the northern part of the occupied Golan Heights on the Syria frontier.

The military's statement did not immediately specify from where the rocket was launched. The northern Golan is also close to Lebanese territory.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged an Israeli attack last week on what he called an Iranian arms cache in Syria, where Tehran provides Damascus with vital support.

He told his cabinet Israel had carried out "hundreds" of attacks over the past years of Syria's war to curtail Iran and its ally Lebanon's Hezbollah.

Usually silent about its attacks on Iranian targets near its frontier, Israel has lifted the veil this month, a sign of confidence in a campaign waged amid occasional tensions with Syria's big-power backer Russia.

Earlier Sunday, a bomb killed at least three civilians and wounded seven in Afrin, in Syria’s northwest.

The same day witnessed another explosion in the southern neighborhood of capital Damascus which has been deemed as a “terrorist act.”

Lebanese President Michel Aoun urged world powers Sunday, during the Arab economic summit to step up efforts for Syrian refugees to return home, regardless of any political solution to the war there.

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