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Israel says strikes Syria, Damascus says soldier killed

Israel and Syria exchange fire amid soaring regional tensions Israeli military says it attacked Syrian anti-aircraft position after its warplane came under fire
Patty Aguilar | 30 May, 2019, 02:58

The missile landed in Syrian territory and did not harm the aircraft.

The Israeli strike on the launcher is reported to have killed a Syrian officer and a soldier, as well as damaging a military vehicle.

The Israeli Defense Forces spokesperson said it identified anti-aircraft fire at a fighter jet on a routine flight earlier on Monday, which fell in Syrian territory.

The back-to-back statements come amid heightened regional tension over Iran's role in Syria and other parts of the Middle East. The Israeli military has hit numerous targets in Syria in order to prevent Iranian ambitions in the region and foil the transfer of advanced weaponry to Hezbollah, the Iranian regime's Shiite army on Israel's border with Lebanon.

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An IDF plane being targeted in Israeli airspace is a "a violation of Israeli sovereignty" in the Golan Heights by Syria, it said, calling the attack "abnormal". The IDF said it struck the launch site in response, Israeli media said.

Earlier this month, Syrian media reported two incidents in which Israeli air attacks hit inside southern Syria.

"The IDF views with gravity any threat against its planes and takes active measures to defend them", the IDF said in a statement.

Israel has acknowledged carrying out hundreds of strikes in recent years to curtail the influence of its arch-foe Iran and Tehran's Lebanese ally Hezbollah, which are fighting on the side of President Bashar al-Assad in Syria's war. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stated, "Our policy is clear-we are not prepared to tolerate any aggression against us, and we will respond against it powerfully and decisively".

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