News ID: 315621
Published: 0158 GMT August 21, 2021

Syria shot down 22 Israeli missiles: Russian military

Syria shot down 22 Israeli missiles: Russian military
AFP

Syria’s air defense forces have shot down 22 missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during an airstrike against targets in Syria, the Russian military said Friday.

Rear Adm. Vadim Kulit, the head of the Russian military’s Reconciliation Center in Syria, said six Israeli fighter jets targeted facilities in the provinces of Damascus and Homs from Lebanon’s airspace late Thursday, AP reported.

Kulit said Syrian air defense units downed 22 of the 24 missiles launched by the Israeli warplanes with Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

Kulit’s statement followed a report by the Syrian news agency SANA that Syrian air defense units responded to an Israeli airstrike targeting the Damascus countryside and the central province of Homs. There were also no immediate reports of any casualties from the raid that originated from the sky over the Lebanese capital Beirut.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry renewed earlier in the day its call on the United Nations and the Security Council to assume responsibilities based on the UN Charter and act firmly to prevent the recurrence of the Israeli attacks on Syria’s territory, Press TV wrote.

It also called on the world body to hold Israel accountable for its “terrorist and criminal actions”.

The ministry added that the Israeli regime carried out the act of aggression with the purpose of prolonging the war on Syria and raising the morale of terrorists in the northeastern and southern parts of the country.

Lebanon also said it has filed a complaint with the UN against Israel for its repeated violations of Lebanese airspace.

The Lebanese Foreign Ministry said Israeli actions pose a threat to security and stability of Lebanon and violate UN Security Council resolutions. 

Meanwhile, Chief of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) Stefano Del Col tweeted that "over-flights of Lebanese territory by Israeli fighter aircraft are violations of Lebanon's sovereignty".

Syria and Israel are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-present occupation of the Arab country’s Golan Heights.

Israel maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which – similar to the Lebanese airspace – it uses as one of its launch pads for attacks against the Syrian soil.

The attacks started to grow significantly in scale and frequency after 2011, when Syria found itself in the grip of rampant foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

 

 

   
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