Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria as tensions flare

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Israeli warplanes hit targets in Syria as tensions flare

The IDF, in turn, said on Friday that it used the advanced Arrow missile defense system to shoot down a Syrian anti-aircraft missile that was sacked at an Israeli jet.

Israel F-15 fighter jets have managed to escape salvo of ground-to-air missiles from Pro-Assad forces Friday morning after having struck several targets inside Syria.

"Several anti-aircraft missiles were launched from Syria following the mission and IDF [Israel Defence Force] Aerial Defence Systems intercepted one of the missiles", the Israeli military said.

Last month, it was reported that Israeli military aircraft conducted an airstrike on the Syrian government forces stationed in the western countryside of Damascus near the Lebanese border.

Overnight, March 17, IAF aircrafts [sic] targeted many targets in Syria.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Hezbollah leader said that the United Nations could not be trusted to defend the Arabs' rights in the wake of the resignation of a UN official for refusing to withdraw a damning report against Israel.

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On Friday, Israeli Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Yisrael Katz confirmed the attacks saying that it targeted a convoy which was supposedly carrying weapons to the Shiite Hezbollah movement.

Syria's regime of Bashar al-Assad is allied with fellow Shia Muslim nation Iran, who have been equipping Hezbollah with weaponry and military expertise.

"The safety of Israeli civilians or the Israeli air force aircraft was at no point compromised", Israeli army spokesman Peter Lerner told AFP.

The two countries have closely co-ordinated their Syria policies with each other during this period, with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Russian President Vladimir Putin having met five times since the beginning of 2015. However, Israel's Arrow defence system is created to intercept long-range ballistic missiles high in the stratosphere, so it remained unclear why the system would have been used in this particular incident. That is why every time we identify an attempt to smuggle game-changing weapons, we will act to thwart it. The Syrian army later claimed it had shot down one of the planes and promised a harsh response.

Following the war, Israel began developing the Golan, freeing farmers in the Hula Valley from daily Syrian sniper fire.

The Israeli military said its planes were already back in Israeli airspace when the SAMs were fired.

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