Israel operates air defense system against Syrian missile

Shortly before the announcement, Syrian sources reported a strike on the Damascus region and said Syrian air defenses had been activated.

A loud explosion is then heard, followed by burst of artillery shelling. Syria said most of the missiles were intercepted. This comes after Damascus' aerial defenses had fired at incoming targets.

"It's an Israeli raid", said Rami Abdel Rahman, who heads SOHR.

Lebanon's the state-run National News Agency earlier reported that Israeli warplanes were flying at low altitude over parts of southern Lebanon.

For its side, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights war monitor said that the Israeli missile attack targeted areas in the western and southwestern countryside of Damascus.

The Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement shortly after that its air defenses had fired at a Syrian anti-aircraft missile.

Israel has previously carried out several bombings in Syria against what it says are Iranian military targets and advanced arms deliveries to Hezbollah, the Iranian-backed Lebanese group, both enemies of the Jewish state.

It was not clear whether the jet was the one which Hezbollah officials had allegedly boarded.

In the US, "Newsweek" reported that senior Hezbollah figures were injured in the Israeli air raid.

Meanwhile, Israel's military spokesman unit also reported action, though it did not confirm air attacks.

Russian Federation announced it had delivered the S-300 air defense system to Syria in October.

The S-300 systems were delivered to Syria last month, but they are not yet believed to be in use, as the Syrian air defense teams still need to be trained to operate them.

There were no casualties or damage to property in Israel, the military said.

  • Joey Payne