Iranian Defense Minister Believes Israel Should Be 'Completely Disarmed'
- Author: Leroy Wright May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 17:44
An Israeli Patriot missile intercepted a Syrian unmanned aircraft that entered Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights on Thursday evening, the Israel Defense Forces said, following reports of an attack in Damascus attributed by Syria to Israel.
"The Israeli aggression comes as a desperate attempt to raise the collapsed morale of terrorist groups due to the Syrian army's blows", continued the source, using the government's routine term for the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Syria's state news agency SANA said several Israeli missiles hit near the airport causing material damage.
Israel has shot down "a target" over Golan Heights on the border with Syria, hours after it was accused of a missile strike at a military site near Damascus' global airport.
The Hezbollah-linked Al-Manar news site also attributed the raid to the Jewish state.
It is not the first time Israel has been shelling Syrian regime's backed forces, notably Shiite Hezbollah in the name of sabotaging Iran's efforts from arming the group.
Israel has been carrying out strikes in Syria throughout the civil war to block the transfer of what has been described as game-changing weapons to Hezbollah. "Naturally, I don't want to elaborate on this", Israeli Intelligence Minister Israel Katz told Israeli Army Radio.
Israel generally neither confirms nor denies involvement in such attacks.
Israel and Syria are technically at war, though the armistice line had remained largely quiet for decades until 2011 when the Syrian conflict began.
Earlier in the day, a large explosion was reported near the worldwide airport in Damascus.
'It's unclear what caused the explosion but there are fires raging at the site'.
On Thursday Israel's intelligence minister said the incident near Damascus "absolutely matches our declared policy, a policy that we also implement", but stopped short of declaring Israel was responsible for the strike.
The blasts were reported at 4 a.m. local time.
Israel used its Arrow interceptor to destroy what was believed to have been a Russian-made SA-5 missile, and Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman threatened to destroy Syria's air defense systems "without the slightest hesitation" if it happened again.
The Kremlin strongly criticised Israeli air strikes on targets inside Syria on Thursday, saying Israel and other countries should avoid any action that heightened tension in the region.
She said "Moscow condemns acts of aggression against Syria", and calls on everyone to "act within the framework of respecting the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria".
Last month, Syria fired anti-aircraft missiles at Israeli military jets.