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The Russian military has announced that Syrian air defences had destroyed over 30 cruise missiles and guided bombs when repelling an Israeli strike.

“On 21 January 2019 from 2:11 until 2:59 Israel Defence Forces carried out three airstrikes on Syrian territory from the west, south-west and south”, Russia’s defence control centre reported on Monday.

According to the Russian Defence Ministry, the Israeli strike killed four Syrian servicemen and injured 6 others. In addition to this, the air raid has “partially damaged the infrastructure of the Damascus international airport”, the statement says.

The announcement comes shortly after the IDF press service announced that Israel had targeted alleged “military facilities of [Iranian unit] Quds Force in Syria, including weapons depots, mainly in the area of Damascus International Airport, Iranian intelligence center, Iranian training camp” in response to a missile strike in disputed Golan Heights.

According to the IDF, during the raid, dozens of Syrian anti-aircraft missiles were fired, despite an unequivocal warning not to allow open fire.

Following earlier Syrian TV reports after Damascus had been rocked by powerful blasts, a Syrian military source told Sputnik that Syria’s air defences were able to shoot down a significant part of Israeli guided missiles.

This is the second consecutive Israeli air raid against Syria, with the IDF launching a strike in the south of Syria from the Mediterranean Sea after a rocket had fired at the northern Golan Heights that was intercepted by the Iron Dome Aerial Defence System.

When commenting on the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated that a series of airstrikes on a Damascus airport on Sunday was in line with Israel’s policy to “oppose Iran’s attempts to gain a foothold in Syria and to hurt those who is trying to hurt us”.

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Israel has repeatedly accused Iran of having a military presence in Syria, as well as suspected attempts to build a base there.

However, Tehran has strongly refuted the claims, insisting that its military presence in the country is limited to sending military advisors at Damascus’ request to help fight terrorists.

Tel Aviv and Damascus, who have never signed a peace treaty and still remain in a state of war, have repeatedly exchanged tit-for-tat attacks in border territories, including in the disputed region of the Golan Heights, which has been occupied by Israel since 1967 and was formally annexed 14 years later.

The UN has repeatedly adopted resolutions criticising the annexation and calling on Israel to return the territory to Syria, with Tel Aviv insisting that the demand is something Israel would never do.



Source: Sputnik

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Bet the Americans are upset about Israeli stupidity. US gives Israeli their most advanced weapons for free, and Israeli then fires them into the most heavily monitored air space in the world, giving Russia, China, and everyone else who cares to watch unlimited opportunity to study US missiles and aircraft, and perfect anti-air defenses.

Who needs enemies when you have the world’s most arrogant nation undermining your democracy and compromising your military technology?


Correct and like Briton and France before….. The US will be left for another nation to play ‘Sugar daddy’. Israel admits they are a bunch of children on welfare that can’t survive without begging for money throwing a tantrum and stealing the wealth of others. Proudly so they beg for money and arms in the US while passing laws to mage it a jail able offense to complain about there parasitic tendency’s and lack of ability to not steal rape rob and murder

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It’s a shame that Russia and it’s military are in Syria and Israel will strike without fear,can any country strike a country with an American military base and go scout free. It’s very very very big shame on the Russians


A somewhat amusing point : All we have been shown of interceptions are SAM taking off but n the end, self-destructing at the end of their range and we also never seen ANY intercepted-missile wreckage, and it would make sense to search such in order to recuperate some technology or analyse what’s incoming to be able to counter it more efficiently… On the other side, we’ve shown before/after-strike sat-pictures with geolocalisation and damages that are clear… Seems that Russia is doing damage-control in order not to lose Pantsir and Buk-M2 sales, especially since now, USA started buying Iron Dome and… Read more »