Syria says it ‘thwarted’ Israeli missile attack

Syrian Air Defences says it shot down a number of missiles targeting Tal al-Hara overlooking the occupied Golan Heights.

Tal al-Hara map, Syria
Tal al-Hara, Syria [Daylife]

Syrian Air Defences thwarted an Israeli attack on Tal al-Hara in southern Syria and shot down a number of them, Syrian state news agency SANA said early on Wednesday.

Located in Deraa Governorate, Tal al-Hara is considered a strategic hill overlooking the occupied Golan Heights.

The missile attack only resulted in damage, with Israel conducting an “electronic war” in which radars were subjected to interference, SANA added.

Hours after the incident, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a message saying that Israel responds “decisively and forcibly to any attack against us.”

“In a systematic and consistent manner we are working to prevent our enemies from establishing attack bases against us nearby,” he said.

The latest attack comes a week after Israeli warplanes attacked Syrian military positions near the Golan Heights in the country’s south, killing three soldiers and wounding seven others.

The Israeli military said the bombing was in response to two rockets fired from Syria at Mount Hermon.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out dozens of air raids in Syria, saying it executed them on Iranian targets and Tehran’s allies.

Israel says it is determined to prevent its rival Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Tehran backs President Bashar al-Assad in the country’s eight-year-long war which has killed more than 370,000 people.

Source: Al Jazeera, News Agencies