Syria Claims Their Air Defenses Struck an Israeli Plane

According to Reuters Article Published on JULY 9, 2018 Syrian state news agency SANA claims that  Syrian military air defences struck an Israeli warplane and shot down Israeli missiles targeting the T4 air base in Homs province in response to an act of “aggression” on Sunday night

Syrian state news agency SANA said the missile attack on Sunday caused only material damage.

“Our air defence systems thwarted an Israeli aggression and brought down a number of missiles that were targeting the T4 airport,” it cited a military source as saying.

The air defences hit one of the “attacking planes and forced the rest to leave”

An Israeli military spokeswoman said Israel does not comment on foreign reports.

Israel’s air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon’s Iran-backed Hezbollah.

 

Damascus, as well as its allies Iran and Russia, blamed Israel for an April 9 air strike on the same Homs base, an attack that killed seven Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) members. Tehran vowed at the time to respond.

An Israeli-Iranian showdown also flared over Syria in February, when Israel said an armed drone coming from the T4 base penetrated its air space. Israel blew up the drone and carried out a raid on Syrian air defenses, in which one of its F-16 jets was downed.

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