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Syria shot down seven of eight Israeli missiles targeting Aleppo: Russia

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Syria's air defense system is seen responding to an Israeli missile strike in the sky over Damascus, Syria, on Jan 21, 2019. (Photo by AFP)

The Russian Defense Ministry says Syria’s air defenses shot down seven out of eight missiles launched by Israeli warplanes during a recent aggression on the northwestern Syrian province of Aleppo.

Rear Admiral Vadim Kulit, the deputy head of the ministry's Center for the Reconciliation of Opposing Sides in Syria, said that four Israeli F-16 fighter jets targeted facilities southeast of Aleppo in Monday’s strike.

Kulit said seven of eight missiles launched by the Israeli fighter jets were downed by Syrian air defense units that used Russia-supplied air defense systems Pantsyr-S and Buk-M2.

The Russian official added that one missile, which had not been intercepted, damaged the building of a scientific research center in al-Safirah district in the southern countryside of Aleppo.

Reporting the airstrikes on Monday, the official Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) said Syria’s air defense units had intercepted “most of the missiles” fired during the Israeli raid.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry warned the Israeli regime on Tuesday of “serious repercussions” of unrelenting military attacks against the war-torn country.

Syria and the Israeli regime are technically at war due to the latter’s 1967-present occupation of the Arab country’s Golan Heights. The Israeli regime maintains a significant military presence in the territory, which it uses as a launchpad for its attacks on the Syrian soil.

The attacks started to grow significantly in scale and frequency after 2011, when Syria found itself in the grip of rampant foreign-backed militancy and terrorism.

Tel Aviv claims that its attacks target alleged supplies that are headed for the Lebanese resistance movement of Hezbollah. On countless occasions, though, the strikes have targeted the reinforcement belonging to Syria’s military and its allies.

The regime has also been providing safe passage and medical treatment to the Takfiri terrorists, who flee the allies’ defensive operations.


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