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Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russian Federation fumes

Israeli official confirms Syria airstrikes as Russian Federation fumes

The official said Israel also took out a Syrian anti-aircraft battery near Damascus that fired at the Israeli warplanes.

The Russian military on Wednesday criticized an alleged Israeli airstrike near the Syrian capital, saying it has endangered civilian flights.

Israel has carried out dozens of airstrikes in Syria, a lot of them believed to have been aimed at Iranian arms shipments to the Hezbollah militant group.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity under standard security protocols.

Russian Federation criticised the airstrike, saying it endangered civilian flights.

Syrian state media reported earlier in the evening downing several "hostile targets" near Damascus. The military has not commented on the incident.

Syrian Air Defenses on Tuesday intercepted and downed "a number of hostile targets" over the western countryside of Damascus on Tuesday, according to the Syrian state-run news agency SANA.

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Russia's Foreign Ministry stated following the report that the six Israeli F-16 aircraft that carried out the 1.5-hour long airstrike threatened two unnamed passenger jets, which were landing at airports in Beirut and Damascus.

Lebanon's acting Transport Minister Youssef Fenianos later on Wednesday confirmed Konashenkov's account, saying the two airplanes in Lebanese airspace "narrowly" escaped Israeli warplanes, averting a "human catastrophe". He said the Lebanese government will present a complaint to the U.N. Security Council.

Syrian media said Wednesday morning that Israel hit a base used by Hezbollah in Al-Dimas, a weapons depot at a base belonging to the Syrian army's 4th division in Sabura and the military's 10th Division command in Qatana.

Following Trump's announcement, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that Israel would "continue to act against Iran's attempts to entrench itself militarily in Syria, and to the extent necessary, we will even expand our actions there".

Israel's air force has struck scores of targets it describes as Iranian deployments or arms transfers to Lebanon's Iran-backed Hezbollah movement in the war.

Iran has repeatedly stated that its forces maintain an exclusively advisory role in Syria, and denies any plans to establish a permanent military presence in the country.

Russia, which also backs Assad, has blamed Israel for the friendly-fire mishap and reportedly scaled back a hotline that allowed the two air forces to coordinate and avoid unintended clashes.


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