Syria’s air defenses respond to Israeli attack in southern region

The Syrian air defenses were triggered after midnight when Israeli missiles were fired on military sites in southern Syria, a war monitor reported Wednesday.

The air defense missiles were seen in the southwestern countryside of the capital Damascus, the southern province of Quneitra and the western countryside of Daraa province in southern Syria.

The Syrian missiles were triggered by an Israeli missile strike on military sites of the Syrian Army and allied foreign fighters in the Tal al-Harrah and Tal al-Ahmar hills as well as Nabe al-Sakher area in the countryside of Daraa, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The Britain-based watchdog group said there were confirmed casualties.

Meanwhile, state news agency SANA reported the attack, saying it caused damage only.

It’s not the first missile attack to target Syria as similar Israeli attacks have repeatedly targeted Syrian military sites in Syria.

The last Israeli attack was on June 30 when the Israeli warplanes fired at military sites in the countryside of Homs and Damascus provinces.

On June 12, the Syrian air defenses intercepted an Israeli missile attack before day break in the southern province of Daraa, causing damage.

On June 4, Israel targeted the T-4 air base in the central province of Homs.

On June 2, a total of three Syrian soldiers were killed and seven others wounded by an Israeli missile strike on military sites in the south of the country.

The Syrian government has repeatedly charged that Israel supports the “terror groups” in Syria and its repeated strikes are nothing but a way to lift the rebels’ morale.

Meanwhile, Israel has conducted hundreds of airstrikes in Syria throughout the eight-year conflict, most of them against what it says were targets of Iranian-backed militia groups such as the Lebanese Hezbollah.

Israel says it is determined to prevent Iran from entrenching itself militarily in Syria, where Teheran backs President Bashar al-Assad.