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    Israeli Army Says Attack on Syrian Military Targets Was Retaliatory

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    Syria's air defence systems have shot down enemy missiles to the south of Damascus, Syria’s SANA state news agency reported Sunday. Later, the agency reported that continued missile strikes resulted in three Syrian soldiers killed.

    The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Sunday that it attacked Syrian military targets in response to a missile strike from Syria.

    "Last night, 2 rockets were launched from Syria to Israel, 1 landing within Israeli territory. In response, we struck a number of Syrian Armed Forces military targets… The Syrian Armed Forces targets we struck included: 2 artillery batteries; Observation & [intelligence] posts; An SA-2 aerial defense battery. We hold the Syrian regime accountable and will firmly operate against any attempt to harm Israeli civilians," the IDF wrote on Twitter.

    Syrian air defences has confronted "hostile targets" over southern Damascus countryside, according to Syrian state media reports.

    Earlier, the media reported explosions heard over the area, Syrian Arab News Agency reported on Sunday morning.

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    A military source told SANA that the "hostile targets" were coming from the Golan heights. The source added that later several missiles were fired by Israel at the eastern Quneitra countryside, which resulted in deaths of three Syrian soldiers and injuries of seven others.

    READ MORE: Syrian Air Defences Fire at Projectiles From Israeli-Held Territory (VIDEO)

    Previous month, the Syrian Arab News Agency reported that Syrian air defences fired at projectiles that were launched from Israeli-controlled areas into southern Syria, coming just after another report a day before about Syrian air defence shooting down a number of "luminous objects" launched from "occupied territories." Back then, the sound of several explosions was heard in the Syrian capital of Damascus overnight.

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