00:48 GMT22 April 2021
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    DAMASCUS/RAMALLAH (Sputnik) – Syria’s air defence system detected and shot down several missiles that were launched by Israeli war aircraft toward military positions in southern Syria, a security source said on Tuesday.

    "Israeli war aircraft tried to attack one of the military positions in the country’s south by the use of missiles," the source said.

    He added that the Syrian Army’s air defenсe system detected the missiles in the vicinity of the southern village of Damascus, near the city of Quneitra, which is located in the Golan Heights, and eliminated most of them.

    According to an additional source in the field, the Syrian air defence system shot down several missiles, which were allegedly launched by Israel, near the Damascus International Airport.

    The Israel Defense Forces, however, haven't commented on the claims yet.

    Earlier in the day, the (IDF) said that Israel’s Iron Dome air defence system identified and intercepted four rockets launched from Syria toward northern Israel.

    Later on, Israeli Channel 13 reported that, following the attack from the Syrian territory, newly-appointed Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennet held security consultations with the chief of the IDF’s General Staff, Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, and senior security officials at the Defense Ministry’s headquarters in the city of Tel Aviv.

    Israel and Syria share borders along the disputed Golan Heights. The area has been mostly under Israel's control since the country seized it during the 1967 Six-Day War. Israel adopted a law in 1981 that annexed the territory, though it was rejected by the United Nations.

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